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happy friday : cucumber gimlet

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Cucumber Gimlet

Since it’s Friday I’m going to share another one of my favorite cocktails. A cool pre-dinner drink.  These cocktails are quite easy and quick. You whiz some peeled cucumber with lime juice, strain it, add gin and simple syrup (and, in my case, a bit of rosemary) and pour it over ice. I wanted my drink loosened up just a bit so I shook it and also added a splash of soda at the end.

Cool and delicious; these go down way too easy!

Yield: makes 1 cocktail

Active time: 5 minutes

Total time: 5 minutes

Special equipment: Cocktail shaker, muddler, cocktail strainer, mini fine-mesh strainer

Ingredients

2 thin slices cucumber

12 fresh rosemary leaves

2 ounces Plymouth gin

3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice

1/4 ounce simple syrup (see notes)

Garnish: very thin cucumber slice

Procedures

1. Muddle cucumber and rosemary in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, add gin, lime juice, and simple syrup. Shake well.

2. Double-strain into chilled cocktail glass. Float thin cucumber slice on top of drink and serve.

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Kathleen Finnegan

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