Saturday, September 23, 2017

Cucumber Mint Martini

Autumn approaches slowly in north Florida with heat and humidity continuing to hang in the air like a wet blanket.

This in-between time is a perfect for a late summer cocktail.  All good cocktail starts with quality ingredients-No exceptions.  We scored an artisan gin from Austin, Texas called austin reserve from our older son.  A gin with soft botanicals and a very smooth finish.  A new favorite.

There are just a handful of ingredients in this cocktail so, get your shaker out, invite a good friend, put on music and enjoy.

Cucumber Mint Martini
Serves 1
Recipe from Fried Chicken and Champagne

4 cucumber wheels (1/8 inch thick)
10 small mint leaves
1/4 ounce simple syrup (see recipe below)
2 ounces good quality gin
1/2 ounce lime juice
1/2 Grand Mariner

Garnish: Paper-thin slice of cucumber 

Recipe for Simple Syrup:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar

Mix water and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Stir, mixing well.  Bring the mixture to a boil. stirring frequently.  When the sugar has completely dissolved, remove from heat.

Let the mixture cool completely.  Place in a container and refrigerator.  Keeps up to a month in the refrigerator.

Muddle 4 cucumber wheels and mint leaves in a shaker.  Add the simple syrup. gin, lime juice, and Grand Marnier  Add ice to fill shaker.  Shake and strain into a martini glass; float the paper-thin cucumber slice on top.



Angie Schneider said...

Refreshing and perfect when the weather is still so warm there in Florida.
Have a wonderful weekend, Velva. said...

love this Velva Looks delicious !

Tina said...

That's a good looking cocktail. Have you tried Hendricks Gin? It's a cucumber based and I love it.

That Girl said...

I'm very much enjoying this new trend of artisan spirits!

Rhodesia said...

Mmmmm that makes my mouth water Have a great week Diane

Michelle said...

Wow, that looks perfect to me.

Marcelle @ A Little Fish in the Kitchen said...

Ugh, I understand about the wet blanket! We've got one hanging above us too. This martini looks really refreshing, Velva. I'm close to Austin and I haven't heard of this gin, so I think I'm gonna have to take an outing and check out the artisan spirit scene there soon! :)

grace said...

when i think of cucumber mint, i think of bath and body works lotion. it smells delicious, and i'm sure it makes for an amazing drink combination too!

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

Definitely a nice drink, very refreshing anytime of the year.

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Great drink! You had me at gin but I love the combo of mint, cucumbers and lime.

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