I was trying to decide what I wanted to drink while I watched the elections in the USA. I decided to have a Basil Cucumber Gin Smash. Let me walk you through my decision-making process! Since I’m still not working, I need to keep my skills sharp! Quick decision making is listed as a skill on my resume! So this is me staying up-to-date!
My first instinct was to have a Paralyzer. But I was already paralyzed by watching the TV.
I then considered Sex with Satan and decided that either way, I would have the next four years to have one of those. There was a Mind Fcuk, but there was too much of that going on. The Mind Eraser was tempting, but I decided I needed something fresh and light.
The Basil Cucumber Gin Smash was exactly what I needed! It tastes like how I feel about living in Canada when I watch the US elections. It’s fresh, tasty and just a slight bit sour. Speaking of Justin Tredeau, is this a good time to mention my Banana Bread recipe that he loves so much?
Anyway, on to the recipe!
You will need:
- Simple syrup (I use rich simple syrup)
- Gin (Hendrick’s would be best)
A lot of cocktail recipes call for simple syrup and it’s so easy to make! It’s just a mixture of sugar and water. Yes, you can buy it at the store, but it’s cheaper to make your own. I use a rich simple syrup. A basic simple syrup is 1:1 sugar and water and a rich syrup is 2:1. I just add less than the cocktail calls for. A rich simple syrup bad as fast as a 1:1 syrup.
If you try this recipe, let me know what you think in the comments below.
Basil Cucumber Gin SmashCourse: Drinks
Fresh, tasty and just a hint of sour makes this a cocktail to please even a non gin drinker!
1 oz freshly squeezed lemon
1 oz simple syrup of 1/2 oz rich simple syrup
2 oz gin
5-6 basil leaves
8 slices cucumber
- Add cucumber and basil to the shaker and muddle lightly.
- Add the remaining ingredients and ice. Shake for about 10 seconds.
- Double strain into a rocks glass and Serve With Ice! Enjoy!