Signature Drinks: Cucumber Mint Gimlet

Signature drinks are perfect whether you’re having your vow renewal celebration in the backyard or at the country club. The gimlet is a classic libation. A traditional gimlet has vodka and Rose’s lime juice. Here we have traded those for a lovely cucumber gin (DIY), fresh lime juice, and a simple syrup tinged with mint. This light drink is a nice accompaniment to tea sandwiches for a garden theme. Printed napkins in a shade of light green to coordinate with the gimlet make a classy statement!

DIY Cucumber Gin (Make ahead of time)
First you will need to prepare your cucumber gin ahead of time. It can be stored in the refrigerator indefinitely, so feel free to make this way ahead of your party!

  • 1/2 cup cucumber per cup of gin
  • Good quality gin

Peel and dice the cucumber. In a large glass container, add the desired number of cups of gin and cucumber. Covered and refrigerate for at least 8 hours and up to 4 days. Strain with a very small sieve to remove all cucumber from gin.

DIY Mint Simple Syrup* (Make ahead of time)

  • I cup white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup mint leaves

In a sauce pan, combine sugar and water over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved in the water and is clear. Remove from heat and stir in mint leaves. Cover the pan and let sit for one hour. Strain the mixture and store the liquid in a container. Throw away mint leaves. This syrup and be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.

*Flavored simple syrups can also be purchased in the liquor department of most stores.

Cucumber Mint Gimlet

  • 4 1/2 cups Cucumber Gin
  • 2 1/4 cups fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup Mint Simple Syrup
  • Garnish – thin sliced cucumber rounds and/or fresh mint sprigs

The base mix for the gimlet can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator or on ice.

In a 2-quart pitcher, mix the cucumber gin, fresh lime juice, and mint simple syrup. Chill.

When you are ready to serve your guests the drinks, you can either pour the mixture into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously or add ice to the pitcher and stir well. Pour mixture into ice-filled 10-ounce glasses. Garnish each glass with cucumber and mint.

Note: This drink also looks lovely in a large clear drink server. Simply fill with ice and add mixture. Stir well. Add slices of cucumber and sprigs of fresh mint, pushing them down into the container along the outside walls.