Let's get drunk on salad, shall we? This Cucumber Gin and Tonic whas pureed cucumber for a refreshing, fresh taste!
Cucumber Gin and Tonic
I was sent these snazzy jam jars and some gin, so we were ready to get our cocktail on! And voila: Cucumber Gin and Tonic was ready in minutes.
I wanted a fresh, sort of healthy-tasting cocktail.
So, I pulled out my trusty hand-held stick blender and whizzed up a few inches of cucumber (skin on!). I added the puree to a jug of ice, added the tonic and a few slices of lemon and cucumber and voila - an impressive cocktail in minutes.
My sister has been visiting from Canada, so we've been eating epic feasts of vegetable goodness, hiking in the woods with the kids, sightseeing and enjoying time together.
We've been balancing the sinful (her birthday Kale and Apple Cake) with the virtuous (long walks and lots of vegetables).
But what if we could make our cocktails a little healthier? Let's put a few extra nutrients into them. Let's fill them with fresh veggies!
We spent a lovely afternoon in the garden supping on Cucumber Gin and Tonics - your standard G&T with added cucumber puree. Delicious. And almost virtuous. Almost.
We have Pimm's rather often in the summer, but I can be quite lazy about sticking to wine, prosecco or cider; cocktails often seem like a bit of a palaver.
But they aren't really.
This was so fast to make and everyone was thrilled with them.
Gordon's gin has lovely notes of juniper berries that goes so well with the fresh cucumber.
It was so good and refreshing that when more people came over that evening we made another batch. In no time at all we were back out in the garden enjoying the summer sunshine with jars of fresh cucumber G&T.
You'll also love my Carrot Moscow Mule cocktail recipe.
1 No sugar syrup? Replace with 2 teaspoons of sugar or a squeeze of honey
2 Add your favourite fruit to personalise your cocktail
3 With a Mojito you can switch the soda water with ginger ale for extra zing
4 Chill your glasses in the freezer for a few minutes before making your cocktail
Cucumber Gin and Tonic
- 2 inches cucumber skin on
- 10 oz (250ml) gin
- 2 cups (500ml) tonic water
- Lemon and cucumber slices for garnish
- Puree the cucumber.
- Fill a large jug with ice, add the cucumber puree, gin and tonic. Stir to mix and add garnish to jug or glasses.
- Serve immediately and stir if the cucumber puree settles.