The Gin and Tonic is one of those drinks that I all but forget about over the winter. They’re one of my favorites, and are no doubt a classic, but I don’t tend to crave them until the weather starts heating up. And when that happens- I want the drink to be as refreshing as possible. Lately, I’ve been loving the addition of St Germain for some floral notes, and muddled cucumber, which make this Cucumber-Elderflower Gin & Tonic quite possibly the perfect summer cocktail.
St Germain is not a cheap booze to buy, but a bottle should last you a long time. Plus, there’s the added benefit of it making nearly every drink more delicious.
Cucumber-Elderflower Gin & Tonic
makes: 1 cocktail
2 1/2-inch thick slices cucumber, plus ribbons for garnish
1 tablespoon lime juice, plus a wedge for garnish
1 tablespoon St Germain elderflower liquer
1 1/2 ounces gin (Hendricks, St George, Bombay Sapphire or your favorite)
4 ounces (about) tonic water (use a good one like Fevertree)
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle the cucumber with the lime juice until it is well smooshed.
- Add the St Germain, gin, and a handful of ice. Shake for 30 seconds of so.
- Fill a highball glass with ice (I’m partial to crushed ice for this) and strain in the gin mixture. Top off with tonic water. Garnish with a cucumber ribbon or two and a lime wedge.
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