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.

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Ingredients

For the Cucumber Gin

For the Gimlet

For the Mint Simple Syrup

Directions

  • Make cucumber gin. Steep cucumber in gin, covered and chilled, 8 hours to 4 days (or 1/2 cup cucumber in 1 cup gin). Strain; store indefinitely in the refrigerator.

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  • Make cucumber gin.

  • Make cucumber gin: 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.

  • Make 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.

  • To make gimlet, in a 2-quart pitcher, stir gin, lime juice,and syrup. Refrigerate. To serve, pourinto a cocktail shaker filled with ice,shake vigorously, and divide amongice-filled 10-ounce glasses. (For a singledrink, mix in a cocktailshaker filledwith ice, and shake.) Garnish each withcucumber peel and mint.

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