Cucumber Gimlet0

Cucumber Gimlet

Cucumber Gimlet

* 2 1/2 ounces cucumber-infused gin
* 1/2 ounce lime-flavored simple syrup
* Lime wedge

Combine the gin and lime syrup in an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake until cold. Strain over ice into an old fashioned glass and garnish with a lime wedge and cucumber slice.

For this recipe, I used a lime-flavored simple syrup from Sonoma Syrup Co. If you’re using Rose’s Lime Juice, well, don’t. But if that’s all you have on hand, you may need to increase the amount a bit. I find the Sonoma Syrups to be a little sweeter and so adjust the amounts down when using them, so adjust them back up if you need to. Your best bet is to start with the proportions above, taste it, and gradually increase the syrup until you reach the desired sweetness.

This is the first drink I made with my recent batch of homemade cucumber-infused gin. Cucumber has a subtle flavor, so it’s best used in drinks like this that don’t contain other overpowering ingredients.

Observant readers will notice that I finally got some nicer glassware. I decided against the break-resistant crystal glasses I discovered at Barkeeper in LA; they’re nice, but they’re just too expensive. Those start at about $6 a glass and go up from there, while the glasses pictured came in a set of six, plus six matching 16oz glasses, for something like $16 at Target. If that makes me a cheapskate, so be it; I’d have to break quite a few of these before the break-resistant ones would make financial sense.