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 combination of cucumber and lemon and makes it light and refreshing. This drink is great to enjoy on your patio as the sun goes down, or on a dock by the bay when you are watching the tide.
My husband is one of the original Hendricks Gin drinkers, and while he prefers it stirred and up, he enjoys 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.
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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.
How to Make Cucumber Gin Cocktail
You know, a recipe is not truly perfect until you’ve added your 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 basil, 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
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Cucumber Gin Cocktail
- 1 tbsp. water hot
- 1 tbsp. Waxing Kara 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.