The Little Epicurean

Aug 28 2015

Sparkling Cucumber Mint Gin

Sparkling Cucumber Mint Gin | the little epicurean

Step up your traditional gin and tonic with the addition of mint syrup and sliced cucumbers. This sparkling cucumber mint gin is soon to be your new favorite summer cocktail! 

I assumed the most difficult part was finding the person you’d want to spend forever with, someone that you would agree to make vows and promises to in front of everyone important in your life, meeting someone that would accept all your little quirks and flaws and love you for you. Well. Apparently that was the easy part for me. Now, wedding planning, THAT’S the painful, I want to pull my hair and scream as loud as I can, part.

The amount of choices for every little detail is… in one word: INSANE. Even finding a venue has been so exhausting and time consuming. I spent the last three weeks, making appointments, touring sites, and writing pros/cons list. And when I finally think I’ve found “the one,” I am heartbroken to learn that they either: 1.) cannot accommodate a “small” wedding (when did 100 guests mean small?) or 2.) are fully committed for every Saturday in September AND October of 2016. The second one was the big shocker for me. That’s more than a year away. I had no idea weddings were planned so far in advance.

I’ve never been the girl that dreamed about her wedding. I’ve never given a thought to what kind of gown I wanted, what cake I wanted to serve (okay, maybe I’ve thought about the desserts part a little bit), the table setting, flowers, escort cards, etc.  This past month, as I’ve searched for wedding planners, when asked to describe my “dream wedding,” my response has been, “I want it to be nice.” The first few times, I got blank stares. Do you want live music or a DJ, will the ceremony be non-denominational, how many in your bridal party, do you want food served plated/family/buffet? TOO many questions.

Instead of the actual wedding, I dreamed of the traveling associated with the honeymoon. I thought of visiting far and exotic lands, exciting cities, and going on unforgettable adventures with my future husband (along with my family, if I can convince them to come along. Alex and I like to joke about family-moons. We believe who you travel with can sometimes be more fun than the destination.)

Sparkling Cucumber Mint Gin | the little epicurean

Anyway, despite my initial stress and extreme hatred for wedding planning, I am happy to say that we’ve settled on a venue and a date! YAY! Woohoo! Cue the band! This is a cause for celebration!

Since we’re in the middle of a heatwave here in LA, this drink is on the menu all weekend long. This sparkling cucumber mint gin is the ideal cocktail to sip outside during these hot summer nights as you wait for the sun to set and the sky to turn orange.

Cheers and happy weekend, friends! I hope you stay cool and stress-free this weekend!

Print Recipe

Sparkling Cucumber Mint Gin

Yield: makes 1 (multiply as needed)

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz mint syrup*
  • 4 oz sparkling water
  • thinly sliced cucumber
  • sliced limes

Directions:

In a serving glass, combine lime juice, gin, mint syrup and sparkling water. Garnish with sliced cucumber and sliced lime. Top glass with ice. Add additional mint syrup, according to taste if desired. Serve immediately.

*Mint syrup: Bring to a boil 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, and a handful of torn mint leaves. Remove from heat, cover pot, and allow mint to steep for 30 minutes. Strain mint and store mint syrup in the fridge until ready to use.

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Sparkling Cucumber Mint Gin | the little epicurean

Sparkling Cucumber Mint Gin

14 Responses to “Sparkling Cucumber Mint Gin”

  1. August 30, 2015
    7:33 am

    I’m in for some sparkling cucumber mint gin any day Maryanne! Sounds perfect for the heat wave we are having here! Summer’s not over yet!! YAY!

  2. August 31, 2015
    11:30 am

    I’m definitely going to need to give this a try! LOVE the combo of mint + cucumber (and the gin sounds like a perfect addition — hehe).

  3. August 31, 2015
    11:39 am

    You are now my favorite blogger! This looks so refreshing!

  4. August 31, 2015
    6:01 pm

    Okay, first of all you have the most adorable profile photo ever! And this drink? Perfection. Absolutely gorgeous and looks so refreshing. Pinned!

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Awww, thanks Melanie! I get camera shy… hence the cake in front of my face :)

  5. August 31, 2015
    8:07 pm

    Yummy, lime and mint! This must be so refreshing!

  6. September 1, 2015
    2:12 am

    Congratulations! Planning a wedding is so stressful, but boy is that day the best party ever! Until you get there I’m sure a few of these delicious drinks will see you through.

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Thanks Tanya! lol, I’m already tired of the planning… I can’t wait to PARTY! :)

  7. September 1, 2015
    6:27 am

    Oh yes please. Love me a cocktail at any time especially if it has mint in it!!

  8. September 1, 2015
    3:59 pm

    These look so refreshing! Good luck with wedding planning!

  9. June 18, 2016
    12:58 pm
    Shivani says...

    I made this for a friend’s birthday and as the birthday girl said…”this is AMAZING!!!”
    Thank you for such an amazing, and refreshing summertime drink.

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      That’s wonderful to hear! Thanks so much for trying out the recipe! :)

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