Cucumber Basil Gimlet


DIY Cocktails and I almost called this a Farmer’s Market Gimlet because it uses fresh garden produce. It turns out that lemon cucumbers and purple basil taste great in a Gimlet.
The Cucumber Basil Gimlet is light, refreshing, and vaguely sweet. It doesn’t taste like it has much alcohol in it at all. (Look out!) We had them while sitting in the garden, and it all seemed very lovely and appropriate. Here’s the recipe:

Cucumber Basil Gimlet

(Makes one cocktail)

    1 English cucumber or 2-3 small lemon cucumbers
    8 basil leaves
    1/2 oz fresh lime juice
    1/2 oz simple syrup
    2 oz gin


Directions:

Peel the cucumbers. Chop into chunks. Discard the peels.
Combine the basil, cucumber, lime, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Muddle thoroughly.
Add ice and gin.
Close the cocktail shaker and shake until you start to see frost on the outside of the shaker. Drain the drink into a glass. Enjoy!

The purple basil kind of looks like a feather there, don’t you think?

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