1 August 2011

The ultimate cucumber cocktail

I don't want to jinx it or scare it away, but finally the sun is shining. Who knows how long it will last, so it's time to seize the day and enjoy every sunny little moment we can. And how better to do that than sprawled out on the grass with a refreshing cocktail and nothing to do but soak up the sun?

In August it's all about cucumbers. Refreshing, clean and surprisingly perfect with gin, cucumber cocktails are the new Pimms. (Well, sort of!).

I've become a bit obsessed by this idea of cucumber cocktails recently, and so I took it upon myself to rope in a volunteer and test out a selection of recipes, to find the one that could be named The Ultimate Cucumber Cocktail. Several glasses later, I think we found it.

The winning recipe scored top marks on the refreshing scale.       

Cucumber and elderflower gin fizz
Adapted from What Rachel Ate

Serves 2

Cucumber slices
Mint leaves
50ml elderflower cordial (2 shots)
50ml gin
100 ml sparkling water

Muddle (mash) three or four slices of cucumber and a sprig of mint in a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice, add the gin and elderflower and give it a good shake.

Divide the mix between two ice-filled glasses and top with the sparkling water. Finish with a couple of cucumber slices and a few mint leaves.

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