Cucumber Gin & Tonic

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Back in February, we had a warm spell and I had a hankering for a gin and tonic. I had the afternoon free so I went and purchased a handle of Boodles Gin, limes and some tonic water.

I got home, grabbed my fancy cocktail glass (ahem I mean off-brand mason jar), twisted the top off the tonic water and suddenly a hurricane of sticky tonic jetted across the kitchen, covering the floor, myself and part of the walls.

I stood there in a puddle while tonic water dripped off of my elbows and considered the situation. Ultimately the best course of action seemed to be to finish making the gin and tonic and then mop the floor (It actually took two weeks and five moppings before my feet stopped sticking to the floor but that gin and tonic was worth it).

Gin and tonics are my kinds of cocktail, meaning that you don’t need three kinds of alcohol, a shaker and some fancy bitters to make it. And muddling some cucumber in the bottom of the glass? Man oh man, you are in refreshment heaven. But don’t take my word for it, next time you’re in the mood for an afternoon pick-me-up, this cocktail has got you covered.

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Cucumber Gin & Tonic

Difficulty: Easy

Yield: 1 Servings
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 0 min

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Boodles Gin (any dry gin will work)
  • 5-8 oz Chilled Tonic Water
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 Lime
  • Ice

Directions:

With a vegetable peeler, carefully shave off one side of the cucumber in one, long strip. In that same spot, shave another long strip, try and get a little green peel on both sides. Repeat for up to three total strips or until you see seeds.

The strips should be very thin, flexible and seethrough.

Cut off the ends of the cucumber and cut three thick, round slices, about ½ inch thick, you can peel it first if you’d like.

Muddle the cucumber in the bottom of your glass with a cocktail masher or the end of a wooden spoon (I used a honey stick because it was handy). The goal is to completely smash the cucumber to release all its flavor.

Add 1 oz of gin and stir. Then add ice just until the ice cubes are above the liquid, about halfway up the glass. Cut the end off the lime, then slice three very thin slices, try and make sure you get green peel all the way around the slices.

Take a lime slice and gently slide it down the side of the glass, using a table knife to wedge it all the way down. The ice should hold it in place.

Rotate the glass and repeat with the other two lime wedges.

Fill the glass to the top with ice, then very gently pour tonic water into the middle so as not to disturb the limes.

Take a cucumber strip and starting at one end, gently thread it onto a cocktail skewer. Weave it back and forth gently pushing it together till it folds like a ribbon. (You might want to practice on some of the not so pretty cucumber strips the first time)

Top the drink with the skewer and serve immediately. Enjoy!

For a Virgin Drink:

Substitute the juice of one large lime wedge for the gin.

 Here is a list of the tools you’ll need to complete this recipe. If you don’t have these already, you can click on the photo and purchase it on Amazon.

  • 10oz Cocktail Glass
  • Cocktail Muddler
  • Peeler
  • Chefs Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Jigger
  • Cocktail Skewers

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Recipe:

Cucumber Gin & Tonic

Difficulty: Easy

Yield: 1 Servings
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 0 min

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Boodles Gin (any dry gin will work)
  • 5-8 oz Chilled Tonic Water
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 Lime
  • Ice

Directions:

With a vegetable peeler, carefully shave off one side of the cucumber in one, long strip. In that same spot, shave another long strip, try and get a little green peel on both sides. Repeat for up to three total strips or until you see seeds.

The strips should be very thin, flexible and seethrough.

Cut off the ends of the cucumber and cut three thick, round slices, about ½ inch thick, you can peel it first if you’d like.

Muddle the cucumber in the bottom of your glass with a cocktail masher or the end of a wooden spoon (I used a honey stick because it was handy). The goal is to completely smash the cucumber to release all its flavor.

Add 1 oz of gin and stir. Then add ice just until the ice cubes are above the liquid, about halfway up the glass. Cut the end off the lime, then slice three very thin slices, try and make sure you get green peel all the way around the slices.

Take a lime slice and gently slide it down the side of the glass, using a table knife to wedge it all the way down. The ice should hold it in place.

Rotate the glass and repeat with the other two lime wedges.

Fill the glass to the top with ice, then very gently pour tonic water into the middle so as not to disturb the limes.

Take a cucumber strip and starting at one end, gently thread it onto a cocktail skewer. Weave it back and forth gently pushing it together till it folds like a ribbon. (You might want to practice on some of the not so pretty cucumber strips the first time)

Top the drink with the skewer and serve immediately. Enjoy!

For a Virgin Drink:

Substitute the juice of one large lime wedge for the gin.

Tools You'll Need

 Here is a list of the tools you’ll need to complete this recipe. If you don’t have these already, you can click on the photo and purchase it on Amazon.

  • 10oz Cocktail Glass
  • Cocktail Muddler
  • Peeler
  • Chefs Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Jigger
  • Cocktail Skewers

We keep Cleaver Cooking in business through affiliate links that you see here and we get a small percentage when you purchase an item through our links.
We do our best to recommend quality products but please note that not all products have been tested and we can’t guarantee your satisfaction.
If you already own similar items feel free to use those tools instead.

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Cucumber Gin & Tonic 1 Servings 1 oz Boodles Gin (any dry gin will work) 5-8 oz Chilled Tonic Water 1 Cucumber 1 Lime Ice
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  • Nathaniel
    Reply

    I can’t wait to try this! That cucumber garnish looks brilliant and easy-to-make. Are there any small batch gin distillers you would recommend if I wanna sub something for Boodles?

    • Savannah
      Reply

      Thanks! It’s so refreshing and simple. My other preferred Gins are Leopold Brothers and Hendricks. Hope you enjoy!

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