Upper Eastsider gin cocktail
And I thought I didn't like gin cocktails
My daughter's friend Cassidy introduced me to this tasty cucumber and mint-infused cocktail. At first I had my doubts, declaring that I really did not like gin. Well one sip, and that was no longer true! The secret is the hand-muddling. I'll warn you in advance, hand-muddling is a workout and takes a little time. Plan on about 5 minutes preparation time per drink. If you are serving more than about four people, make it a group effort and pass around cocktail shakers and muddlers and let everyone muddle their own. Serve in martini glasses.
Serve with modern roasted cucumber and tomato tea sandwiches for a perfect afternoon summer cocktail party.
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- 5-6 slices cucumbers
- 6 mint leaves
- 1 lime, cut in 6 wedges
- 1 jigger (1.5 ounces) Hendricks gin
- ¼ - ½ ounce agave nectar to taste
- Ice cubes
- 1 cucumber wheel and a mint sprig for garnish
- Muddle the cucumber and mint in the bottom of a cocktail shaker until the cucumbers is smashed and the mint is broken down into small pieces. Add limes and continue muddling until the limes release their juices.
- Add enough ice to fill your shaker two thirds of the way to the top. Add gin and agave. Put the perforated lid and the cap on the shaker and shake really hard for a good minute. Condensation will form on the outside of the shaker and it will be very cold to the touch.
- Remove the lid and pour the cocktail through the perforated cap into a martini glass and garnish with a cucumber wheel and a sprig of mint. If you have muddled correctly there will be a few small pieces of mint happily swirling around in your drink.
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