Cucumber Mint Gimlet
Serve the ultimate country-club libation: gimlets. Swap out vodka and Rose's lime juice for cucumber gin, fresh lime, and simple syrup tinged with mint, and then serve with tea sandwiches. Polka dot napkins in a shade that matches the drink pack a coordinating graphic punch. "Pearls" paper napkin, $5 for 20, casparionline.com.
- 4 1/2 cups Cucumber Gin (or 2 oz.), how-to follows
- 2 1/4 cups fresh lime juice (or 1 oz.)
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons Mint Simple Syrup (or 1/2 oz.), how-to follows
- Cucumber peels, for garnish
- Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish
- Steep 2 1/2 cups diced, peeled cucumber in 4 1/2 cups gin, covered and chilled, 8 hours to 4 days (or 1/2 cup cucumber in 1 cup gin). Strain; store indefinitely in the refrigerator.
Mint Simple Syrup
- Heat 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water over medium-high heat, stirring until dissolved. Add 1 cup mint leaves; remove from heat. Cover; steep 30 minutes to 1 hour. Strain; discard mint. Refrigerate up to 2 months.
In a 2-quart pitcher, stir gin, lime juice, and syrup. Refrigerate. To serve, pour into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake vigorously, and divide among ice-filled 10-ounce glasses. (For a single drink, mix in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and shake.) Garnish each with cucumber peel and mint.
SourceMartha Stewart Weddings, Spring 2009