Cucumber Mint Martini

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
Serves 1
Recipe from Fried Chicken and Champagne


Ingredients:
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.
Directions:
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.
Enjoy!

10 thoughts on “Cucumber Mint Martini

  1. Ugh, I understand about the wet blanket! We've got one hanging above us too. This martini looks really refreshing, Velva. I'm close to Austin and I haven't heard of this gin, so I think I'm gonna have to take an outing and check out the artisan spirit scene there soon! 🙂

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