Autumn approaches slowly in north Florida with heat and humidity continuing to hang in the air like a wet blanket.
This in-between time is a perfect for a late summer cocktail. All good cocktail starts with quality ingredients-No exceptions. We scored an artisan gin from Austin, Texas called austin reserve from our older son. A gin with soft botanicals and a very smooth finish. A new favorite.
There are just a handful of ingredients in this cocktail so, get your shaker out, invite a good friend, put on music and enjoy.
Cucumber Mint Martini
Recipe from Fried Chicken and Champagne
4 cucumber wheels (1/8 inch thick)
10 small mint leaves
1/4 ounce simple syrup (see recipe below)
2 ounces good quality gin
1/2 ounce lime juice
1/2 Grand Mariner
Garnish: Paper-thin slice of cucumber
Recipe for Simple Syrup:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
Mix water and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir, mixing well. Bring the mixture to a boil. stirring frequently. When the sugar has completely dissolved, remove from heat.
Let the mixture cool completely. Place in a container and refrigerator. Keeps up to a month in the refrigerator.
Muddle 4 cucumber wheels and mint leaves in a shaker. Add the simple syrup. gin, lime juice, and Grand Marnier Add ice to fill shaker. Shake and strain into a martini glass; float the paper-thin cucumber slice on top.