This recipe has been rattling around in my head for the past few weeks and I have been meaning to make it to share with you since it popped in my head.
I originally came up with this when I was thinking of a way to use cucumber in a cocktail, it was one of those times I wanted to figure it out without consulting google. It had to be refreshing, something someone would yearn to finish a hot day off with (or if you’re on vacation feel free to drink this whenever).
Today has been hot, quite honestly, it has been the hottest day we’ve had yet.
I’m not sure if you’ve experienced a hot day so stifling you can’t sleep with blankets, but that’s the kind of heat I enjoy. It’s the kind of heat I wait all cold, dark winter for.
And today, this drink couldn’t have been more perfect.
Note: Recipe was amended to add basil sugar syrup and images updated in mid 2019.
Cucumber and Basil Cooler
Recipe by Roamingtaste
Basil Sugar Syrup
1/3 cup superfine/caster sugar
1/3 cup water
4 double shots of gin
1/3 small cucumber, thickly sliced and wedged
Large handful of basil
1 wedge lemon
2 cups lemonade
Ice to serve
Place the sugar, water and a couple of stalks of basil into a saucepan on medium heat, simmering until the sugar has dissolved and the basil has turned the syrup slightly green.
Remove from the heat and allow to cool fully.
Squeeze the basil completely of the sugar syrup and discard.
Muddle the sugar syrup, sliced cucumber, remaining basil, lemon wedge and gin.
Sieve the gin and pour into the glasses, add ice and top off with lemonade and more ice if needed.