Cucumber-Mint Gimlet


The trees are blooming, my toe nails are painted, and I actually shaved my legs!  TMI? The weather is getting warmer, in fact, it’s too warm for being April.  Hot weather means it is time for some refreshing adult beverages to enjoy outside.  This drink will cool you down on a warm (or hot) day with cool cucumber and mint in a instantly refreshing drink, with a gin kick.

I know, its only Wednesday, but you will need to do some preparation in order to get all your ingredients for this one. You will see when you look at the ingredients. 

My inspiration was from World Market. World Market is a store that offers a smorgasbord of different items from all over the world, hence the name.  They have furniture, food, jewelry, kitchen items, wine/beer, etc.  It is a catchall of international items.  They have food items that I can’t seem to find anywhere else, including the cucumber soda required for this drink.   World Market sells a variety of different cocktail glasses for all types of adult beverages.  I bought my martini glasses there recently.  Through some web surfing, I found out that for all the glasses they sell, they have a cocktail recipe.  How awesome is that?  I am sure the fact they have items in their recipes that you can only buy in store is beneficial to them, but whatever, still a great idea.

Cucumber-Mint Gimlet
Adapted from World Market

Cool down on a hot summer day with a fresh and flavorful Cucumber-Mint Gimlet. Made with seasonal summertime flavors of cucumber and lemon, this easy-to-make treat instantly refreshes.

Recipe for One
1/4 Mr. Q Cucumber Soda
juice of the half of a fresh lemon
4 sprigs mint
2 ounces gin
½ tablespoons agave nectar
Slices of cucumbers and lemons for garnish

Directions: Combine the lemon juice and mint in the bottom of a shaker tin with some ice.  Muddle until the mint is broken up slightly.  Add in the gin and shake.  Pour contents into a gimlet glass filled with ice.  Pour cucumber soda to top the glass and stir.  Garnish with cucumber and lemon.
Pitcher Recipe
1 Mr. Q Cucumber Soda
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
8 sprigs mint
2 cups gin
3 tablespoons agave nectar
Sliced cucumbers and lemons for garnish

Directions: Combine 1/3 cup lemon juice, 8 sprigs mint and agave in a pitcher; muddle. Stir in 2 cups gin, Mr. Q Cucumber Soda and some cucumber and lemon slices. Divide among 6 to 8 ice-filled glasses.

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