Back on the welcome post for this blog, the picture posted was of a cucumber gimlet that I had on a cruise ship last summer.
Once I got home, I wanted to see if I could recreate that drink.
I liked the drink so much that I made sure I had one each day I was aboard the ship.
But once I came home, I wanted to see if I could recreate this drink. Here’s my report.
- 2 oz. Bombay Sapphire gin
- .5 oz. fresh squeezed juice from lime
- .5 oz. simple syrup
- 2 slices cucumber
– Add gin, lime juice and simple syrup to shaker
– cut up one cucumber slice and add to shaker
– Muddle shaker contents
– Add crushed ice
– Shake vigorously
Strain into martini glass and garnish with slice of cucumber.
As you can see above, I obviously didn’t muddle the cucumber enough. Also, I might have used more than the 1/2 oz of lime juice as the taste of this was way too tart.
Better at the muddle, but again, this version was still too tart, which is where I made sure I was only adding 1/2 oz. of lime juice.
Finally, after two “failed” attempts at making the cucumber gimlet, I was able to create one that got close to the ones they made on the cruise ship. Still not exact, but close enough. I made sure to properly muddle the cucumber bits and used just slightly less lime juice. Turned out slightly tart and mostly smooth.
Of course, making three gimlets with 2 oz. of gin in each one in under 90 mins left me quite buzzed… REALLY BUZZED!
As warmer weather approaches, I will be making me another cucumber gimlet to relive that smooth taste.
One suggestion I would have is to use Hendrick’s Gin instead of Bombay Sapphire. Cucumber is one of the main botanicals, along with juniper and Damascus rose, in Hendrick’s.