On our most recent date night, the hubby and I went to one of our favorite pre-baby places, Cin-Cin Wine Bar in Los Gatos. They have fantastic tapas, a great wine list offering tastes, glasses and flights, and (so I had heard) good cocktails. I’m too much of a wino to have actually tried one of their cocktails before, though. We were running a little early that night, and we ended up sitting at the bar for a bit, so I decided to trust the bartender and ask for some sort of vodka-based drink. I was not disappointed in the cucumber-basil gimlet he made for me — it was the best new cocktail I’ve had in a long time!
Naturally, I wanted to replicate it at home, since we had a nice cucumber from our CSA in the fridge and plenty of basil growing in the yard. I pretty much winged it, but it turned out awesome. In fact, I think a gimlet (in one form or another) is going to be my new signature drink.
Here’s my basic recipe, if you want to give it a whirl.
3 oz. vodka*
1 oz. simple syrup
1 oz. lime juice
5-6 slices peeled cucumber
a good handful of basil leaves
Drop the cucumber and basil into the bottom of a cocktail shaker and muddle well. Add ice and the other ingredients and shake well. Makes 2.