Cucumbers are one of my absolute favourite things, not only to eat, but also to incorporate into cocktails. Whether it’s the spicy Amante Picante, the complex Mindaro or the aptly named Cucumberous, cucumbers add such a fresh and unique flavour profile to cocktails.
It’s been two years since we’ve had a post specifically dedicated to a cucumber cocktail on this blog, so we’re long overdue.
Using the Cucumberous as my inspiration, I added a couple of ingredients to add a bit more depth and complexity. I call the end result the Green Vine.
1 ½ oz gin
¾ oz elderflower liqueur
¾ oz cucumber juice (or equivalent muddled cucumbers)
¾ oz lime juice
½ oz mint syrup
¾ oz egg white
2-3 dashes celery bitters
Add all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain out the ice and dry shake. Double-strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with a cucumber peel.
For tips on juicing cucumbers, check out Bruno’s informative post. He describes three methods!
The celery bitters add a nice vegetal and citrus flavour on top of the cucumber juice – and it pairs really well with the gin. The egg white gives added body that cuts the potency of the cucumber juice. The mint syrup was added to balance the elderflower and cucumber flavours, while adding a bit of a kick.
The end result is a light, refreshing cocktail. It’s definitely on the sweet side, but the citrus from the lime juice and celery bitters ground it into what I think is a well-balanced drink. The deep green colour is also pretty easy on the eyes; it’ll definitely be a hit at your next party.
After drinking a couple of these, I wondered why it took us so long to highlight the humble cucumber once more. Make it for yourself and you may just become a cucumber junkie as well. Welcome to the club!