Similar to the Martini, this is one of those classic gin cocktails which boils down to drinking lightly flavoured spirits. It’s usually made with just sweetened lime juice and a boat load of Gin. I thought I’d think outside the box and give it a much more British, summery feel with the inclusion of a splash of homemade Cucumber and Mint syrup.

To make the syrup:

Equal parts sugar and water

About half a Cucumber, chopped and squashed a little

Healthy handful of Fresh Mint

Put it all in a saucepan, bring it to the boil and stir it until the sugar dissolves.

Let it simmer for about 10 minutes

Let it cool down. I can’t stress this enough. Sugar water is like napalm. Leave it alone!

Double strain it into a suitable container. Double straining involves using a hawthorne strainer and a fine mesh strainer in conjunction to make sure you don’t end up with bits of mint between your teeth.

For the Cocktail:

This is a little stronger than the others, but we’re here to party so don’t worry.

3 Parts Gordon’s Gin (4 parts if you’re feeling adventurous)

Juice of Half a Lime

About 1 Shot of Your Cucumber Mint Syrup

How to make:

  1. Fill cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Squeeze in your lime.
  3. Pour in Gordon’s Gin and Syrup.
  4. Shake it thoroughly.
  5. Pour into a chilled Martini glass.

The sweetness of the syrup with the coolness of the cucumber and mint work perfectly to negate some of the strength. So take it steady, they are incredibly moreish.

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