My Gin of choice is Hendrick’s, it was one of my college Professors favorites and I guess I just followed her lead when time to order the next round of Cucumber Martinis. Although decorum would dictate that I firmly reject the notion that I regularly went out drinking with a Professor.
Hendrick’s is unusual in that one of its many wonderful flavor profiles is the infusion of rose petals and cucumbers during the distillation process. Which makes the cucumber a perfect garnish for any gin, but particularly excellent with Hendrick’s
Here’s how I make it:
- 2 Ounces Hendrick’s Gin
- 4 ¼ inch slices Cucumber
- 1 half Lime
- 1 Ounce Simple Syrup
-Add cucumber slices, lime juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker, muddle well
-Add ice and gin, stir gently for 30 seconds
-Use a vegetable peeler to make long strips of cucumber, wrap the strips on the inside of a tumbler, fill with ice
-Strain the ice-cold Gimlet into the tumbler, enjoy with your favorite teacher
Never shake a gin cocktail, it will aerate the gin giving it a slightly ‘off’ flavor, destroying some of the subtle nuances and changing the flavor profile. Gently stir and you’ll be rewarded with a much more enjoyable cocktail, cheers mate!