* 2 ounces Beefeater Summer Edition Gin
* 3/4 ounce hibiscus syrup
* 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
* 1 slice cucumber, 1/4 inch thick
* club soda
Muddle the cucumber slice, then add the gin, hibiscus syrup, and lemon juice and shake until cold. Strain into an ice-filled collins glass. Fill with club soda and garnish with a few thin cucumber slices.
To make hibiscus syrup, first brew 1 cup hibiscus tea. Continue heating tea on the stove while stirring in 1 cup sugar until it’s dissolved. Cool to room temperature, bottle, and refrigerate. I like to store things like this in bottles from Specialty Bottle, but mason jars (or any other kind of jar) do just fine. This will give you a sweet, fragrant simple syrup with a gorgeous red color. I wanted to post a picture of it here but my camera couldn’t do it justice.
The other noteworthy ingredient here is the Beefeater Summer Gin, which is a “limited edition” gin released just this month. It starts with your basic Beefeater London Dry and adds elderflower, black currant, and hibiscus, giving it a more floral profile than the standard Beefeater.
When sipping the two straight, the most noticeable difference is the lower alcohol content in the summer Beefeater — 80 proof versus the 94 proof regular formula — and the smoothness that accompanies it. It’s got the same herbal notes, but toned down a bit and lighter on the finish, with hints of the floral ingredients.