Say hello to summertime in a mason jar.
It sounds like some of you are G&T fans from the comments y’all left yesterday! I’m actually a fan of gin and tonic too, now that I’ve created this drink! It’s called the Carolina Cucumber Fizz in honor of my fiancé coming home to North Carolina – after 3 years & 7+ months of being long distance. It’s a perfectly fitting name because it’s just so refreshing & summery. The mason jar gives it some southern charm, I think. Don’t you?
To make this recipe you’ll need fresh cucumber juice. I used my handy juicer which Rob got me for my 1 year blogiversary but if you don’t have one, you might do okay just blending up some peeled cucumber and straining off the juice.
The other key ingredient is cucumber gin. All this takes is a few slices of cucumber and an hour or two to for the gin & cucumber to get to know each other. Mine soaked for about that long and it was wonderful – I’m sure a few hours more and it’d be even better, if that’s possible.
The recipe will also be linked to on my recipe page if you’re wanting to hunt it down in the future. Enjoy!
- 1 cup dry gin (omit for a tasty mocktail)
- 1 cup tonic water (diet or regular)
- 1 large cucumber (to make 1/4 cup juice & cucumber slices)
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 2-3 tablespoons simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water heated to boiling until sugar completely dissolves, cooled or chilled)
- fresh mint, chopped
- ice cubes
Slice the cucumber in half. Put one half into a juicer (should make at least 1/4 cup juice) and refrigerate until ready to serve. I recommend juicing no more than 2-3 hours in advance. Slice the remaining cucumber lengthwise into long, thin strips. Soak cucumber slices in gin for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator. Chill glasses or mason jars in the freezer for a few minutes just before mixing the ingredients. Combine gin, tonic water, cucumber juice, lime juice, simple syrup and fresh mint in a pitcher and stir well. Pour over ice & gin-soaked cucumber slices into chilled glasses. Serve & sip immediately!