Thursday, April 19, 2012
Cocktail: Spring Breeze
I don't think it's possible to make a cocktail that's more refreshing than this. Mint, cucumber and lemon juice are all classically "refreshing flavors." Together with Hendrick's gin and some sugar, it makes a cocktail that's like being kissed by a cool spring breeze.
1 oz. simple syrup
8 fresh mint leaves
1 1/2 oz. gin (Hendrick's)
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
2 oz. club soda
Small mint leaves and a slice of cucumber (optional garnish)
Add mint leaves and 1/2 oz. simple syrup to cocktail shaker. Muddle mint leaves with a twisting motion. Peel cucumber and chop into 1/2-inch cubes. Add to shaker and muddle with a crushing motion. Add ice, gin, lemon juice and another 1/2 oz. simple syrup. Shake until cold. Strain into rocks glass with ice. Top with club soda and stir to combine. Garnish with small mint leaves and a slice of cucumber.