Hello, all readers!

So, I have talked about this before, and I’m creating a bartender’s garden. There will be more to come on that later. In our garden, Michael and I will grow cucumbers. Because of this, I wanted to try to recreate a really common gin martini: The Cucumber martini, so I’m all set to go when they start needing to be picked.

About a year ago during a mixology pub crawl, I went to Zydeco in downtown Raleigh and had a great cucumber martini that the bartender made for me. I wanted to start working on this recipe, because in the incoming months, we’re going to have a ton of cucumbers and you can only eat so many cucumber sandwiches.

So, because of this I made myself a Cucumber martini

The Cucumber Martini

3 slices of cucumber

2 ounces Hendrick’s Gin

1/2 ounce Dry Vermouth

  • Muddle 2 cucumber slices in a shaker
  • Add ice, gin, and vermouth
  • Stir
  • Strain into a martini shaker
  • Garnish with a slice of cucumber
  • Sip and Enjoy!

Thoughts

First of all, I rarely tell you which type of liquor to use, but a cucumber martini requires Hendrick’s Gin. Here’s why: one of the notes of Hendricks is cucumber. Adding the vegetable draws out that particular flavor of the gin. It helps increase the potency of the taste without taking away the integrity of the gin or

I know that I like Cucumber Martinis, but the dry vermouth overpower the flavor of both the gin and the cucumber. I felt like the dry vermouth was really competing with Hendricks.When I remake this, I might completely remove or decrease the amount of Dry Vermouth. I also want to dry it with muddled basil from our garden. That being said, if you like Hendrick’s dry gin martinis, this is a great twist for you.

For the rest of us, does anyone have a Cucumber martini recipe they swear by?

Cost:

750 mL of Hendrick’s Gin: $35

750 mL of Dry Vermouth: $5

Cucumber: $1

Total Cost: $41

Hendrick’s Gin is great, and you should buy it to keep on hand.

As always, happy and safe drinking.

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