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Cucumber-mint gimlet

I have a hard time coming up with ways to use all the cucumbers we’re getting in our CSA box these days. I do love a nice gimlet, though — so Cocktail Thursday to the rescue!

Delicious, delicious rescue.

I made a similar drink with basil last summer, and it was yummy, but this is even better, in my humble opinion. Mint grows in our garden almost as well as basil (the basil plants are monstrous this year), so why not?

This cocktail is sweet but not cloying, cooling, and minty — perfect for a warm summer evening. And yes, it is definitely still summer here, even if people are talking about Pumpkin Spice Lattes and sweaters in other parts of the country.

Cucumber-Mint Gimlet

3 oz. vodka*
1 oz. simple syrup
1 oz. lime juice
5-6 slices peeled cucumber
a good handful of mint leaves

Drop the cucumber and mint into the bottom of a cocktail shaker and muddle well. Add ice and the other ingredients and shake well. Makes 2.

* I like Tito’s Handmade Vodka, but whatever you use, make sure it’s good quality.

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10 Thoughts on “Cucumber-mint gimlet

  1. And the more you drink, the fewer grow the cucumbers. Win win!
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  2. Looks fantastic! I love a good gimlet! I am definitely going to try this… someday… eventually… when a tiny human isn’t relying on me as a food source! 🙂
    Love your site! I discovered and followed you via inherchucks CSA link party! Looking forward to future recipes! Feel free to stop by and follow me at http://www.biggreenparentingexperiment.com!
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  3. Aren’t these delicious! This is what I do with extra cucumbers and without the alcohol for a morning drink.
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  4. What a way to make your cucumbers shine!

    Thanks for linking up 🙂
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  5. I love any cocktail with mint or cucumbers. This sound refreshing and perfect for a summer drink. I’d love to try it with gin too!
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