CUCUMBER ROSEMARY GIN AND TONIC (aka “the drunk cucumber”) is a lightly sweetened gin cocktail filled with fresh cucumber and hints of rosemary to make a deliciously crisp and beautiful drink you’ll be sipping all summer long.
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The gin and tonic. Oh goodness, my friends, if only you knew my love for this classic “old man” cocktail.
Actually, ignore that last bit. I have no idea if gin and tonics are old manish at all. I mean, they were literally my beverage of choice all through college (21+, of course) and no one ever said anything about it. Now that I’m old, however, whenever I ask for a gin and tonic people look at me like, we all know you’re old now, but do you want to look like you’re old?
Anyway, where am I going with all of this? Ah, yes. Gin and Tonics are legit.
WHAT IS IN A GIN AND TONIC?
In it’s most basic form, gin and tonic have three ingredients
- tonic water
- fresh lime juice
This is the classic gin and tonic.
You do not add additional sweeteners to a gin and tonic as tonic water is already slightly sweetened. Of course, you could add a sweetener like simple syrup if you wanted to, but this drink is popular due to its mild sweetness and lower calorie content, not super sugar fruitiness.
INGREDIENTS IN THIS CUCUMBER ROSEMARY GIN AND TONIC
- tonic water
- fresh lime juice
- fresh rosemary
- watermelon radish- don’t fret about this, it’s just a garnish (I love the color), so you don’t need it for flavor.
This cucumber rosemary gin and tonic, as you can see, is quite similar to a classic gin and tonic. That said, those two simple additions- the cucumber and the rosemary- are HUGE.
It’s also where I drew inspiration for the nickname The Drunk Cucumber. And The Drunk Cucumber, my friends, is my new favorite cocktail. Cold, crisp, and refreshing, this Gin and Tonic is the best excuse to eat some vegetables (wink wink…I’m so serious, though…wink wink).
EQUIPMENT NEEDED TO MAKE THIS CUCUMBER ROSEMARY GIN AND TONIC
Until recently (like super recently) I never had anything special for making cocktails. I didn’t even know what a cocktail shaker was or why I needed it. A muddler? Forget it! And while it is true that you can absolutely get by making most cocktails without any special equipment, for this specific drink the flavor will be better if you have these two things:
The muddler is used to mash the cucumber and rosemary with the gin. This essentially infuses the flavors into the gin.
A cocktail shaker, less important in this case, does exactly what the name describes. If you’ve ever had a poorly mixed cocktail, you may understand why a cocktail shaker comes in handy. It also helps to sufficiently chill the drink before serving.
Anywho, in other fun and exciting news, this morning my 4-year-old came up to me and wrapped his adorable little arms around my body, and gave me a great big hug.
I know what you’re thinking…awww, the sweetest.
Well, then my sweet child opened his mouth and started talking.
“Mama, do you have a baby in there?” (pointing to my stomach)
“No…why? Do you want Mama to have a baby in there?”
“No, but it looks like you have a baby in there. Your tummy is so big!”
What is the point of this story?
None. There is absolutely no point. Except that kids are ass holes. Big, giant, unfiltered, and completely hilarious, ass holes. Except for when they tell you that you look like you have a baby in your tummy. Then you drop said kid off at preschool and go to the gym because the time has come to work off that baby in your (aka my) belly.
It’s also time to eat more veggies. Lucky for me vegetables are so versatile (wink wink).
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Crisp and refreshing, this Cucumber and Rosemary Gin and Tonic (aka "the drunk cucumber") is just what the warmer spring weather calls for. Lightly sweetened, this gin cocktail is filled with fresh cucumber and hints of rosemary to make a deliciously crisp and beautiful drink you'll be sipping all summer long.
- 1 small cucumber sliced into ribbons or "noodles"
- 1 lime sliced into 6 wedges
- 2 sprigs rosemary
- 2 ounces gin
- 4 ounces tonic water
- 1 small watermelon radish thinly sliced
Add 2 cucumber "noodles", juice from one lime, one rosemary sprig, and 2 ounces gin to a cocktail shaker or highball glass. Muddle with the back of a spoon.
Strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a clean cocktail glass (highball glasses are typically used for gin and tonics). Fill glass with ice and top with tonic. Garnish with additional cucumber ribbons, rosemary sprigs, and 1-2 thinly sliced watermelon radish rounds.
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