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Cucumber Gin and Tonic with Blueberries

Cucumber Gin and Tonic with Blueberries

Ingredients

  • 5 slices cucumber
  • 4 Ounces tonic water
  • 8 blueberries
  • 3 ice cubes
  • 3 Ounces gin

Directions

Soak 4 slices of cucumber in tonic water for at least 8 hours, up to 24 hours.

In a cocktail glass, muddle the blueberries until nice and mushy. Place the ice cubes in the glass, and pour the gin over them. Pour in the tonic water, and stir until combined and blueberries have made the liquid a light pink color. Garnish with the remaining slice of cucumber. Then, get drunk!

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Watermelon + Mint Gin & Tonic
1⁄2 cup watermelon chunks
3 tbsp mint leaves
1⁄2 lime
1 tot of Bombay Sapphire Gin
Schweppes Tonic Water (200ml)
Watermelon slice for the garnish
Mint leaves for the garnish

Muddle the watermelon chunks and mint leaves.

Squeeze the lime juice into the muddled mixture.

Strain the muddled mixture, pour the strained mixture over crushed ice.

Top with the Schweppes tonic water.

Garnish with a slice of watermelon and mint leaves. Serve & ENJOY!

Blueberry + Thyme Gin & Tonic
2 tbsp blueberries
2 sprigs of thyme
1⁄2 lime
1 tot of Bombay Sapphire Gin
Schweppes Tonic Water (200ml)
Frozen blueberries for the garnish
A sprig of thyme for the garnish

Muddle the blueberries and thyme.

Squeeze the lime juice into the muddled mixture.

Strain the muddled mixture, pour the strained mixture over crushed ice.

Top with the Schweppes tonic water.

Garnish with frozen blueberries and a sprig of thyme. Serve & ENJOY!

Cucumber + Basil Gin & Tonic
5 cucumber slices
A handful of basil (3 – 4 leaves)
1⁄2 lime
1 tot of Bombay Sapphire Gin
Schweppes Tonic Water (200ml)
Cucumber slice for the garnish
Fresh basil leaves for the garnish

Muddle the cucumber and basil leaves.

Squeeze the lime juice into the muddled mixture.

Strain the muddled mixture, pour the strained mixture over crushed ice.

Top with the Schweppes tonic water.

Garnish with a slice of cucumber and basil leaves. Serve & ENJOY!

Spicy Kiwi + Pineapple Gin & Tonic
1⁄4 cup fresh kiwi, chopped
1⁄4 cup pineapple chunks
1⁄2 tsp jalapeño
1⁄2 lime
1 tot of Bombay Sapphire Gin
Schweppes Tonic Water (200ml)
Pineapple slice for the garnish
Jalapeno for the garnish
Mint leaves for the garnish

Muddle the kiwi, pineapple and jalapeño.

Squeeze the lime juice into the muddled mixture.

Strain the muddled mixture, pour the strained mixture over crushed ice.

Top with the Schweppes tonic water.

Garnish with a slice of kiwi, jalapeño and mint leaves. Serve & ENJOY!

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How Is Gin Made?

Wondering how gin is made?

Any gin starts life as a neutral (often grain-based) spirit. It’s essentially pure ethanol, and then flavours are added through a process called re-distillation. Gin can be made in a column or pot still.

We like to think of gin as “vodka steeped in an aromatic tea bag.” Expert distillers essentially heat pure alcohol (vodka) so it passes through a large “tea bag” filled with unique spices, herbs and citrus peel. When the pure alcohol comes in contact with this bundle of flavourful ingredients it takes on a unique gin flavour.

The flavourings can be steeped for as long as 48 hours, although some producers will distill the liquid almost immediately. Once completed, water is added to reduce the distillate to bottling strength.

Prepare an easy Gin Cucumber Drink at home by using a bottle produced by an award-winning distillery.


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons dried lavender flowers, or other edible dried flowers
  • Ice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped peeled cucumber
  • 2 ounces gin
  • ½ cup tonic water
  • Cucumber slice for serving

To prepare simple syrup: Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cook, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in flowers and let cool to room temperature, about 45 minutes. Strain (discard the flowers) and refrigerate for up to 1 month. (Makes 1-1 1/4 cups.)

To prepare gin & tonic: Fill a tall glass with ice. With a muddler, mash cucumber in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add gin and 1 ounce of the simple syrup. Shake for 10 seconds. Strain into the glass and add tonic. Stir to combine. Garnish with cucumber slice, if desired.


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3. Strain the muddled mixture, pour the strained mixture over crushed ice.

5. Top with the Schweppes tonic water.

6. Garnish with a slice of watermelon and mint leaves. Serve & ENJOY!

Blueberry + Thyme Gin &Tonic

1 tot of Bombay Sapphire Gin

Schweppes Tonic Water (200ml)

Frozen blueberries for the garnish

A sprig of thyme for the garnish

1. Muddle the blueberries and thyme.

2. Squeeze the lime juice into the muddled mixture.

3. Strain the muddled mixture, pour the strained mixture over crushed ice.

5. Top with the Schweppes tonic water.

6. Garnish with frozen blueberries and a sprig of thyme. Serve & ENJOY!

Cucumber + Basil Gin & Tonic

A handful of basil (3 &ndash 4 leaves)

1 tot of Bombay Sapphire Gin

Schweppes Tonic Water (200ml)

Cucumber slice for the garnish

Fresh basil leaves for the garnish

1. Muddle the cucumber and basil leaves.

2. Squeeze the lime juice into the muddled mixture.

3. Strain the muddled mixture, pour the strained mixture over crushed ice.

5. Top with the Schweppes tonic water.

6. Garnish with a slice of cucumber and basil leaves. Serve & ENJOY!

Spicy Kiwi + Pineapple Gin & Tonic

1 tot of Bombay Sapphire Gin

Schweppes Tonic Water (200ml)

Pineapple slice for the garnish

Mint leaves for the garnish

1. Muddle the kiwi, pineapple and jalapeño.

2. Squeeze the lime juice into the muddled mixture.

3. Strain the muddled mixture, pour the strained mixture over crushed ice.

5. Top with the Schweppes tonic water.

6. Garnish with a slice of kiwi, jalapeño and mint leaves. Serve & ENJOY!


Ramblings of a Line Cook

Back in February, we had a warm spell and I had a hankering for a gin and tonic. I had the afternoon free so I went and purchased a handle of Boodles Gin, limes and some tonic water.

I got home, grabbed my fancy cocktail glass (ahem I mean off-brand mason jar), twisted the top off the tonic water and suddenly a hurricane of sticky tonic jetted across the kitchen, covering the floor, myself and part of the walls.

I stood there in a puddle while tonic water dripped off of my elbows and considered the situation. Ultimately the best course of action seemed to be to finish making the gin and tonic and then mop the floor (It actually took two weeks and five moppings before my feet stopped sticking to the floor but that gin and tonic was worth it).

Gin and tonics are my kinds of cocktail, meaning that you don’t need three kinds of alcohol, a shaker and some fancy bitters to make it. And muddling some cucumber in the bottom of the glass? Man oh man, you are in refreshment heaven. But don’t take my word for it, next time you’re in the mood for an afternoon pick-me-up, this cocktail has got you covered.


Cucumber Gin Tonic

This cocktail was introduced by the army of the British East India Company in India.

Tonic water contains quinine, which was used to prevent malaria. In the 18th century, tonic water contained a large amount of quinine, which caused it to have a very bitter taste. Gin was added to make it more palatable.

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This drink is a good one but there's a variant that in my opinion is WAY better: Start with a short glass and pour 1 oz Hendricks into it and drop one slice of cucumber and muddle it, squeeze a lime wedge, then top the glass with ice and add tonic water. Top it up with some cracked pepper (YES! believe me, cracked pepper will enhance the flavors and create an amazing drink) Cheers!

Comment by aldojuve on 2014-07-06 19:31:40

Added by David on 2011-02-12 16:28:36
Last updated on 2011-02-12 16:32:15
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  • 77 Berry Raspberry Gin Liqueur or 77 Blush Pomegranate Gin Liqueur (1 part)
  • Cawston Press Apple & Rhubarb/ Cloudy Apple/ Apple & Ginger/ Apple & Mango juice (1 part)
  • Fever-Tree Tonic Water, Lemonade or Soda Water (1 part)
  • Fresh fruit of your preference. We recommend peach, lemon or orange slices.
  • Rosemary or mint sprigs
  • Ice
  1. Add ice to a large pitcher jug
  2. Mix equal parts gin liqueur / your preferred juice / your preferred mixer into jug
  3. Stir and mix with your preferred fruit and garnish choice
  4. Pour into glasses and enjoy!

The beauty of fruit-infused gin and tonic cocktails is you can get really creative! Here are a few great fruit combos I tried!

Strawberry and Orange

Lush, bold, and brimming with natural sweetness, strawberry lightens rich, complex flavors and complements the profiles of other naturally sweet foods. It works really well with the robust citrus flavor of orange.

Cucumber and Sage

Cucumbers have a slightly bitter flavor, that blends well with the sweet and somewhat bitter sage. Sage’s pine-like flavor and aroma really make for a refreshing tipple!

Kiwi and Lemon

Kiwi pairs well with apple, banana, berries, cherry, citrus, coconut, mango, and tropical fruit. I’ve opted for lemon in this combination, to keep it light and wonderfully tangy, with a touch of sweetness from the kiwi.


Cucumber Gin & Tonic and Zurich, Switzerland

Last month, I went to Zurich, Switzerland for the first time…okay, it was my first time in Switzerland period. I was invited by the Visit Zurich folks and I had a blast! I met some really awesome, fun, fantastic, amazingly smart and talented ladies: Rachelle, Eden, Meg andAida!

The sights were amazing and so was the food! I'm going to share more about the entire trip this weekend…and over the next week or so some recipes inspired by the trip! Including one today!

It's a very clean and peaceful city but at the same time as a budding nightlife culture in Zurich West…and most of all very walkable. We walked all over and one day, even walked 9 miles. I'm a HUGE fan of walkable cities and love exploring a town by walking and visiting. My favorite!

And here's a nice view of Lake Zurich…all around the lake, there's boating, water sports and lots of sunbathing.

The view from the roof of our hotel, the Hotel Ambassador à l’Opéra…sweeping and gorgeous! I will be sharing more about the trip soon!

But first these drinks! I think I became all about gin and tonics visiting my sister, Connie, in Boston. In Zurich, they really love their gin & tonics.

We happened on this great little coffee shop/bar called Milch bar…they had awesome service…and one of the servers was just plain hilarious.

It's quite beautiful inside, we sat outside and enjoyed coffees and my friend, Shea ordered a gin & tonic to go!

I asked them for the recipe and they happily shared it with me. Cucumber, coarse ground black pepper, tonic and they said you have to use Hendrick's gin.

It's so easy…and nice and refreshing!

Curtis even enjoyed this drink even though he's not a gin drinker. Seriously going to be my go to recipe for gin & tonics at home! Thanks to the Milch Bar for sharing their recipe…and to Visit Zurich for an awesome trip!


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