Self-care toolkit #4: My favorite cocktail

18 Jul 2016 | 0 comments

Spice up your Gin & Tonics with a few slices of cucumbers and a dash of pepper!

I drank this for the first time when I was out for girls’ night with some friends at a bar in town (I can’t remember which one now!) It has become a go-to drink for those hot summer evenings!

Cucumber-Pepper Gin & Tonic

  • 1oz gin of choice (I’m a Bombay Sapphire girl!)
  • 3oz tonic water
  • 2-3 slices of cucumber
  • 5 white peppercorns (or a dash of ground pepper)
  • twist of lime
  • ice

In a whiskey glass, pour the tonic water over cucumber slices and pepper.  Add gin, lime juice, and ice then stir gently.  Top with a slice of lime to serve.

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the orange cubes in the photo are reuseable ice cubes

 

Note: The bartender who served us these drinks originally told us he salted the cucumbers first to dehydrate them.  He lets them sit for a few hours. Then rinses off the salt. This allows the cucumbers to absorb more of the flavors in the drink. He also cracks the peppercorns before putting them in the shaker. That’s a lot of work when you just want a quick go-to drink so I just add fresh cucumber slices and ground pepper but if you have extra time, the little touches do make a difference!

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