I don’t know what it’s like where you are but I’m experiencing the dog days of summer in spades. The temperature rose to 97 degrees today with no break in sight. What I need and maybe you, too, is a cold cocktail that epitomizes refreshment. How does a cucumber cocktail sound to you? I’m in.
This will be the signature cocktail for my friend Steve’s birthday party tomorrow. Since Steve is an avid golfer, I dubbed it with a special moniker and I’ll prepare cucumber “golf balls” to skewer for garnish. The perfect gin for this drink is Hendricks’s with its curious infusion of cucumber and rose petals.
Ingredients (Makes 1 cocktail)
4-inch section of a peeled cucumber, seeds removed and cut into small cubes
2 oz. gin (preferably Hendrick’s )
Juice from 1 freshly squeezed lime
1 T sugar syrup*
Muddle cucumber in a cocktail shaker. Add gin, lime juice and sugar syrup. Add ice cubes and shake vigorously. Pour into a rocks glass filled with ice cubes. Top with club soda. For a garnish, skewer a slice of cucumber and a curled strip of cucumber peel. The garnish for Steve’s Fairway Fizz was a skewer impaling three “golf balls” (scooped from the flesh of seedless cucumbers) and a sprig of fresh mint.
*Make sugar syrup by cooking I cup of sugar with 1 cup of water until sugar dissolves. Let cool and store in refrigerator.