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.)
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!
Sparkling Cucumber Mint Gin
Yield: makes 1 (multiply as needed)
- 1 oz lime juice
- 2 oz gin
- 1 oz mint syrup*
- 4 oz sparkling water
- thinly sliced cucumber
- sliced limes
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.
The Little Epicurean