Thursday, May 14, 2009

Lou's Most Excellent Cucumber Gin & Tonic

Gin and tonic is that drink that your drunk aunt on your dads side would always get. As the evenings would wear on, the more she asked for them, the more they got diluted down by her daughter-in-law.

No need for a snarky remark about how dirty the house or misbehaved the kids are, right?

Here's an update to the G&T. I was inspired by this from Hendrick's gin : they suggest you garnish the G&T with a cucumber slice.

Why not add the cucumber into it?

Try it: you'll like it. A lot. It becomes our drink of the summer when it's just too damned hot.

2 English (seedless) cucumbers, coarsely peeled, quartered and chopped*
Soda water

In a blender or food processor, add the cucumber, ½ cup of cold water, and a big pinch of salt. Liquify for about 1½ - 2 minutes. Strain the pulp through a mesh strainer and reserve the juice; discard the pulp. Do not force the pulp through the strainer as you just want the juice.

In you favorite G&T glass fill to the top with ice. Follow these ratios:

1 part gin
1 part cucumber juice
1 part tonic
1 part soda

Stir to mix and serve. The juice will also keep in the fridge for about 3 days. Dot experiment with these ratios too; I find that 2 parts tonic gives that extra fizz but then adds more tonic flavor hence why I add soda. Get the flavor you like and have fun doing it.

*Figure about 1 cucumber for 2 -3 drinks, pending how big you make them.


  1. Looks interesting but only 1 out of 4 parts gin? WTF?

  2. Hendricks utilizes cucumbers in the distillation process. It's my favorite gin - clean and very smooth. This sounds good. I'll typically add it to lemonade, a little bit of sprite, and garnish with a cucumber slice.

  3. Monsieur Weiss - As I say, experiement a bit. I typically am making these things with 2 shots of each so you still have a stiff, big drink. Again, I'm eyeballing here but I'm guessing I'm pouring closer to 1.5 of gin....