Summertime is full of fresh veggies from the garden. While not all of them work well in cocktails, cucumbers are an incredibly versatile addition to many vodka, gin and even tequila drinks. Whether you're infusing the booze with a few slices of fresh cucumber or muddling some cucumber chunks directly in the glass, the bright flavors of cucumber really add some refreshment to summertime boozy cocktails.
Take the classic gin and tonic. By mashing a couple pieces of cucumber in the glass, this drink takes on a whole new dimension. It's made even better with use of Jack Rudy Small Batch Tonic syrup. Like a lot of other syrups (i.e. ginger syrup), stocking your bar with a syrup like this one is great, as it means you can simply keep a supply of seltzer on hand and not have to have bottles of tonic water taking up valuable space in a bar. But as if that was not enough, the flavors of Jack Rudy's Small Batch Tonic are far superior to any bottled version you'll find. So, go ahead, give this one a try and you'll see how a few simple ingredients can make one damn good drink.
2 oz gin
.75 oz Jack Rudy Small Batch Tonic
3 slices fresh cucumber
4 oz seltzer
slice of cucumber for garnish
in the bottom of your mixing glass, muddle cucumber with gin to release flavors. Add tonic syrup and seltzer and stir to combine. Fill rocks glass with ice and pour cocktail into glass. Garnish with fresh cucumber and enjoy (responsibly, please).
Note: if you do not have access to Jack Rudy Tonic, you can simply substitute the seltzer and syrup with regular tonic water.