Give your gin martini a spring update – this Cucumber Martini with St Germain elderflower liqueur is refreshing and sophisticated.
Love flavoured Martinis? Try my French Martini!
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Did you know today is World Gin Day? If you were looking at my Twitter feed you couldn’t possibly fail to notice that – it’s continuous stream of cocktails and politics today.
I won’t go into the politics, but let’s just say that gin is probably an essential tool for navigating through current events these days.
I am much more suited to talking about gin cocktails instead – it’s probably my favourite spirit and I am forever playing around with mixers and fruit trying to come up with new ideas.
WHAT IS A MARTINI
A classic Martini is made simply with gin or vodka and a touch of dry vermouth. And, contrary to James Bond’s instructions, it is a stirred cocktail, not shaken so put your cocktail shaker away.
Flavoured Martinis have expanded the ingredients of the classic Dry Martini to include other liquors and flavours. My Cucumber Martini is a refreshing variation of the original drink made with Gin, St Germain Elderflower liqueur and fresh cucumber juice.
Since we are using gin as the primary ingredient in this cocktail, it is important to use a high-quality gin. Certain brands will suit this Cucumber Martini more than others – my favourite one to use here is Hendrick’s Gin.
Cucumber and gin are so well suited that you can go wrong with adding a cucumber slice in your gin and tonic.
It is even better in a Martini provided you are prepared to grate some fresh cucumber to extract the juice. It’s not really a hardship, you can even combine it with making some tzatziki so that nothing gets wasted.
You will be rewarded with a beautifully refreshing cocktail that looks pretty damned cool as well. It’s that irresistible chartreuse colour – without the addition of actual Chartreuse.
What I have added instead, is St Germain which is a delightful elderflower liqueur that hopefully is in your drinks cabinet already to make Red Queen cocktails with, right?
- ½ cucumber grated
- 120 ml (½ cup) gin Hendricks Gin preferably
- 80 ml (⅓ cup) cucumber juice
- 1 ½ tbsp St Germain or see notes
- 1 ½ tbsp lime juice
- 2 tsp sugar syrup
- cucumber slices to garnish
- Grate the cucumber using a box grater or in a food processor. Use your hands or a muslin cloth to extract the juice then strain into a clean jar and keep in the fridge for up to 2 days. You will get rougly a half a cup of juice from 1 medium cucumber.
- Place two martini glasses in the freezer to chill.
- Put the gin, cucumber juice, St Germain, lime juice, and sugar syrup in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice.
- Shake hard for 30 seconds and divide between the two chilled glasses.
- Use a vegetable peeler to peel long thin slices from a cucumber and the pleat them onto a cocktail stick to garnish.