With summer in full swing, this cucumber gin recipe is sure to go down a treat at any summer events you may have planned.
To make, use very fresh, crisp cucumbers, and make sure to remove the peel completely otherwise the result might be bitter.
There is no need to use a premium gin for this recipe, however it is suggested that you use something with an alcohol percentage higher than 40%.
You can drink this neat and very cold (if that is your style), but we highly recommend pairing it up with a refreshing tonic for the ultimate cooling summer drink.
Try one part gin to two parts tonic water with a sprig of bruised mint and plenty of ice.
Alternatively, try adding one part gin, one part elderflower cordial and two parts tonic with mint and ice for a kick of flavour other than the cucumber alone.
How to Make Cucumber Gin
- 3 small cucumbers
- Your choice of gin
- Peel the cucumbers and slice them lengthways; take out the inner seed section of each one.
- Cut into 2 cm square pieces.
- Put the pieces in a kilner jar, add the gin, seal and shake gently to mix.
- Steep for a week in a very cool, dark place, turning occasionally, then strain off the cucumber and bottle the gin.
- Drink within six weeks.
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