It’s been unseasonably warm here in Kansas City. As much as I want to dust off my boots, I’ve decided to embrace the warmer weather and milk it for all it’s worth. It’s sunny and 70 degrees today! How could I complain?
I wanted to share this refreshing cocktail with you, in the hopes that you’ll savor this warm weather with me. Let’s sit on the patio and enjoy a cool cucumber drink. There’s still plenty of time for pumpkin spice everything.
What is a gimlet, you ask? It’s like a martini, but with lime juice instead of vermouth. This version has been my sipper of choice lately, which was inspired by an elderflower martini that I enjoyed with Tessa in Minneapolis. It’s made with cucumber-y Hendrick’s gin, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, fresh lime juice and cucumber.
St. Germain is the only liqueur I’ve ever loved. It’s infused with elderflowers from the Alps, and it’s not nearly as sweet as other liqueurs. It doesn’t taste artificial in the slightest, because it’s not. It’s a little pricy (around $35) for the bottle, but it’s a beautiful addition to a bar cart. If you don’t want to take the plunge on a full bottle, you should be able to find it in mini bottles behind the counter.
If you love St. Germain like I do, try my watermelon white sangria, and the elderflower Champagne cocktail and strawberry rosé sangria in Love Real Food. Ali also recreated a cocktail that we loved at happy hour the other day, with grapefruit, gin and rosemary. Cheers!
Cucumber Elderflower Gimlet
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 1 drink
- Category: Cocktail
This refreshing cucumber elderflower gimlet recipe is made with Hendrick’s gin, St. Germain liqueur, fresh cucumber and lime! Recipe as written below yields 1 cocktail. You can multiply the ingredients and make as many as 3 drinks at once in a large cocktail shaker.
- 1 ½ ounces Hendrick’s gin* (or vodka, if you don’t like gin)
- 1 ounce St. Germain liqueur
- 1 ounce lime juice
- One 2″ piece of peeled cucumber, quartered lengthwise and cut crosswise into ¼″ thick pieces (see photos), plus a thinly sliced cucumber round for garnish
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the gin, St. Germain and lime juice. Add the cucumber pieces, securely fasten the lid, and shake like crazy for about 30 seconds.
- Strain the cocktail into a martini glass and garnish with a slice of cucumber. Enjoy!
*Gin notes: Hendrick’s is perfect for this cocktail since it has notes of cucumber and rose petal. I don’t recommend using a classic dry gin for this drink, unless you really love it.