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Do you know Mexican Food Memories? I’ve been following my friend, Karla Zazueta, for some time now. She’s a fellow Mexican food blogger who lives in London, England. FYI, we have similar last names, but we are not related.
This Cucumber Gin Cocktail is a beverage inspired by Cucumber Lime Agua Fresca and British gin.
A Mexican and British concoction. Brit-exican or Mex-itish, if you will. Like when you serve bangers and mash with spicy molcajete salsa.
I love London. I have been there more times than I can count (uno, dos, tres…). No expensive dinners or fancy hotels for me. My trips to London were on a budget. I was paying with pesos not pounds.
I can tell you stories for hours on end, but I’ll save those for another blog post.
How to Make Cucumber Gin Cocktail
I found this great gin at the store the other day. The Williams Great British Extra Dry Gin has wonderful flavor with notes of spice and citrus fruit.
It is a perfect match for lime. And I’m all about the lime when it comes to Limeys. 🙂
One of my favorite combinations is cucumber and lime. Pepino is so very keeno.
Some restaurants will even serve dishes with cucumber slices on the side.
• Slice the cucumber, and set it aside.
By the way, I used a regular cucumber. You don’t need to peel the cucumber, but you do need to wash it well because germs and stuff.
You don’t know who handled your cucumber before you. Gosh that sounds wrong. LOL!
It’s lime time.
In Mexico, when we say “lime,” most of the time, we mean Key limes. Not those big old regular limes.
Personally, I actually prefer Key limes. They are usually cheaper than regular limes at the grocery store, and you get a lot of them for a small amount of money.
- Pour the gin, lime, cucumber slices, and sugar into the cocktail shaker.
- Shake vigorously.
You’ve got to shake it! Shake it real good! (Insert Salt-N-Pepa).
You don’t need to muddle the cucumber slices. Just by letting the drink sit around for a bit, it will absorb the cucumber flavors.
If you want more of the cucumber taste, muddle slightly. You might need to strain though.
I’m not much into washing dishes… who is?!! That’s why I save this step.
The other thing to note: I am not much of a sweet cocktail drinker. Taste and adjust. If you feel it needs more sugar, by all means, add more.
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• Pour the mixture in a glass and add tonic water.
What a refreshing way to reminisce about a trip to London. Or an excellent way to welcome the summer months ahead.
Cheers to Karla and all of the Mexicanos living in the UK!
Adjust the quantities and pour into a pitcher. I highly recommend allowing the pitcher to sit in the fridge for a bit (about 30 minutes) so it can absorb the cucumber flavor. You can even do this the night before.
Table of Contents
Cucumber Gin Cocktail
- 1 ½ oz gin
- 6 slices cucumber
- ¼ lime (or ½ key lime)
- 1 tablespoon sugar add more, if desired.
- ice enough to fill ½ cup
- 4 oz tonic water
- Add gin, cucumber, lime and sugar into a shaker.
- Add ice to a glass.
- Pour mixture over the ice and top off with tonic water.
- Stir gently.
- Let sit for 2 minutes to enhance the flavors.
- Serve and enjoy!
More Cocktails You Might Enjoy:
Mixed Berry Sangria is the most refreshing cocktail that your friends and party guests will love. Adult drinks just don’t come any better than this!
Lavender Mint Mojito is refreshing and soothing cocktail to end a busy week on a great note. No matter how taxed your are.
Jalapeño Basil Margarita is a break out of taste sensations. Light and refreshing with just enough spice that it’s not overwhelming.
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Maggie Unzueta is the writer/blogger, photographer, recipe developer, videographer, and creator of In Mama Maggie's Kitchen. She has been developing easy and authentic Mexican food, Mexican-inspired recipes, and traveling tips since 2010. From family recipes to her extensive travels throughout Mexico, she brings traditional Mexican flavors from South of the Border and into your kitchen. Maggie has been featured in notable culinary websites and other media outlets. For more details, check out her About page.