We’re having the whole family over this year and I’m going to be making a large pitcher of these Cucumber Mint Gimlets.
The las two years in a row now that we’ve hosted Easter we have lost power. Like right in the middle of throwing our food in the oven…lights out…no power. Not just once but two years in a row. We were actually joking about how “last year all the power went out right before dinner” and then it was out. Again.
Thankfully we cook with gas so we could still finish the cooking, but sitting around the table with no lights or TV, there’s not much to do but pour another drink and wait for the power to come back on.
So I’d become the bartender, making martinis or pouring bourbon, whatever anyone wanted to drink to pass the time. Both times that this happened the power did come back on in time for us to eat dinner so I guess the evening wasn’t a complete disaster.
This year I was looking at drinks to make ahead of time, just in case we lose power again… and I found these Cucumber Mint Gimlets. I thought these gimlets would go very well sitting next to the big pitcher of Bloody Mary’s that we always seem to have around at Easter.
The cucumber really stands out in these drinks because you actually puree a bunch of cucs up to make a “cucumber juice” to add to the gin, mixed with a little sugar, mint and some fresh squeezed lemon and then you can store it in a pitcher to chill in the fridge.
These drinks are definitely strong, but somehow they seems a little “lighter” than having a scotch at noon. And also a little more guy-friendly than Mimosas.
I hope you try them this weekend, I’m sure they’ll be a hit – with or without the power on.Print
- 4 english cucumbers. peeled, seeded and pureed
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 8 sprigs of fresh mint
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- 2 cups of gin
- Strain the cucumber puree through a fine strainer over a bowl to collect the juice.
- Muddle the mint with the lemon juice and sugar in the bottom of a pitcher with a wooden spoon.
- Add the cucumber juice and the gin and stir.
- Serve over ice with more mint for garnish.
- Serving Size: 6