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Cucumber Gimlet

Two glasses of cucumber gimlet with ice and cucumber slices.
This cucumber gimlet, made with gin, cucumber, simple syrup, and lime, is a classic cocktail with a twist. Or rather, a slice--of cucumber!
Erin Scott

Prep 15 mins
Total 15 mins
Drinks
British
4 to 6 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 (4-inch) chunk cucumber seeded, peeled or unpeeled
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice from 4 to 6 limes
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup or light agave nectar
  • Your favorite gin (Hendrick's, with its flowery, botanical flavor, is an admirable choice)
  • Ice cubes

Directions 

  • Coarsely chop enough cucumber to measure 1/2 cup. Slice the remaining cucumbers into thin rounds for garnish.
  • In a blender or food processor, thoroughly purée the chopped cucumber, lime juice, water, and simple syrup or agave nectar. (Before juicing the limes, roll them against the countertop with the heel of your hand. It makes the whole process much easier.) Strain the pulp through a fine-mesh strainer.
  • For each drink, mix up to 2 ounces (1/4 cup) booze with 2 ounces (1/4 cup) cucumber lime syrup. Add ice cubes and cucumber for garnish.