How elegant does a Cucumber Gin cocktail sound? Trust us, it’s excellent. Eastern Shore Honey is used to make a simple rosemary-infused syrup to sweeten the drink, and the combination of cucumber and lemon is light and refreshing. This is a great drink to enjoy on your patio as the sun goes down, or on a dock by the bay when you are watching the tide roll away.
My husband is one of the original Hendricks Gin drinkers, and while he prefers it stirred and up, he enjoyed this cocktail. Hendricks already includes a cucumber essence.
Herbal cocktails have a special place at the table. They aren’t too sweet or too bitter; they’re earthy and refreshing.
Rosemary works well with cocktails, as it has a strong flavor that lends itself well to syrup bases and an aroma that is just magical.
The shrubby plants are really easy to grow, and can get fairly large under the right conditions: this is a good thing though, because it means that you’ll always have plenty to cook with!
If you find yourself doing a lot of cooking with rosemary (or if you’re like me and you just like having the plants around), you can read up on growing tips here before you plant a few around your garden.
Adapting this Cucumber Gin Cocktail
You know, a recipe is not truly perfect until you’ve added your own touch to it. That’s why we encourage you to get in the spirit (get it?!) and play with your drinks. Call to your inner mixologist to come out and play and change up this recipe. Here are some ideas:
- Garnish with cucumber or lime slices instead of lemon
- Use lime instead of lemon
- Not a fan of rosemary? Try basel, lavender or another fresh herb you love, like mint!
- Add juniper greens in place of the rosemary if it’s holiday-time
- Try adding a splash of cranberry juice for a little more sweetness
If you decide to try this project, be sure to take a photo and share them with us using #waxingkararecipes on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!
Cucumber Gin Cocktail
- 1 tbsp. water hot
- 1 tbsp. Eastern Shore Honey
- 2 slices cucumber skin removed
- 2 oz Hendrick’s Gin
- 2 tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 slice lemon
- 2 oz club soda
- 3 rosemary sprigs fresh
Make simple syrup by combining honey and hot water steep fresh rosemary, briefly
Remove the rosemary and reserve syrup
Place two cucumber slices and one sprig of fresh rosemary into a glass and muddle.
Add a few cubes of ice to the glass.
In an ice filled shaker, combine the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup and shake well.
Pour into glass.
Top with the club soda, stir,
Garnish with the lemon slice and fresh rosemary sprig.