Recipe / Cucumber & Rosemary Gin and Tonic

Cucumber and Rosemary Gin and Tonic, CocktailIt's a bit lonely writing about Spring when most of the internet is currently gushing over Autumn, so this week I'm bucking the trend and changing everyone's reading habits - it's Spring week! Everything I write about this week is going to have a bit of a Spring theme to it, starting with today's inaugural post.

I think one my favourite part of Spring is in those first couple of weekends where the weather is finally nice enough to sit outside. There's nothing better than having a couple of friends over to enjoy the beautiful weather, particularly when there's good music and drinks that suit the occasion. I made the move to drinking gin a couple of years ago, mainly because my standard spirit of choice (vodka) reminded me too much of sweaty nights at clubs and the sickness that followed the next day.

Gin and Tonic is a classic drink for the warmer months, and I was inspired by this recipe over at The Kitchn to add a bit of a twist to it. This combo may not be for everyone, but I found it amazingly refreshing on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon.

Cucumber and Rosemary Gin and Tonic, Cocktail

Cucumber & Rosemary Gin and Tonic

1 cucumber
1 lime
3 sprigs rosemary
60 ml. Hendrick's Gin
120 ml. tonic water

Peel one half of a cucumber, and slice a lime into eight wedges. In a glass, add three slices of peeled cucumber, 1 sprig of rosemary, juice from a lime wedge and 30 millilitre of gin. Muddle with the back of a spoon.

Strain through a mesh strainer into a second glass. Add several cubes of ice, and three slices of unpeeled cucumber. Top with remaining gin and tonic, and serve garnished with rosemary sprigs.