The Gimlet, essentially a gin sour, is one of the most refreshing classic cocktails: Just combine gin, lime and simple syrup, and you have yourself a perfect poolside sipper or veranda drink. How to make it even more refreshing and summery? Add cucumber, slightly twisting it into a sweetly herbaceous cocktail that’s reminiscent of an afternoon at the spa. You’ll want to use a lighter and more floral gin for this drink to emphasize the notes the cucumber adds.
The cocktail lends itself to riffs and additions, like the Cucumber, Basil & Lime Gimlet, which replaces the gin with vodka and adds basil and a splash of lemonade to the classic recipe. Feel free to experiment and add your own favorite summer flavors. You might just come up with your own signature cocktail!
- 3 cucumber wheels, thickly sliced
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 2 ounces gin (such as Hendrick’s)
- 3/4 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
- Garnish: cucumber wheel, sliced thinly
Add the cucumber wheels and simple syrup into a shaker and muddle.
Add the gin, the lime juice and ice and shake until well-chilled.
Strain into a coupe glass.
Garnish with a cucumber wheel.