7.18.09 Have a Smashing Summer
Smashing Summer Cocktail
- — cucumber juice*
- — simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water boiled together, then cooled)
- — fresh lime juice
- — ripe strawberries
- — mint (hopefully from your garden)
- — gin
Start by muddling about a cup of strawberries with a small handful of mint in the bottom of a large pitcher. Use these proportions:
1 part lime juice + one part simple syrup+ 2 parts cucumber juice + 2 parts gin.
Stir well. Taste and adjust flavor to your liking, then add enough club soda to dilute if needed or just to add a bit of fizz.
Pour over ice, using a long spoon to scoop a bit of the strawberry/mint mixture into each glass.
You can also mix this up without the gin for your tee-totalling pals.
P.S. Please don't say "Cheers!" unless you're making a toast. I HATE that.
*Cucumber juice - Peel cucumbers that are running rampant in your garden and run them through your juicer. Don’t have a juicer? Get one! Read my post on Green Juice if you don’t know why else you would need one.