Updated: Jan 14, 2019
Since it was my friend’s birthday I had to upscale her go-to drink, Gin and Tonic. My mind was racing with the possibilities of what I could do to elevate this simple combo.
My dad and step-mom got me this Mason jar lid attachment that essentially makes the Mason jar into a pourable container. It is supposed to be used for infusing.
Cucumber infused gin it is!
I may have mentioned that I tend to buy too many jalapeños and end up chopping them and creating ice cubes so they will keep in my freezer. I had a thought...what if I used those in my drink and as the ice melted the drink’s flavor would change and get spicier.
I had to try
Cucumber & Jalapeno G&T
For Cucumber Gin
15 Slices of Cucumber
12 Oz of Gin
For Jalapeño Ice Cubes
2 Jalapeños, Diced
3.5 Oz Gin
2 Jalapeño Ice Cube
2 Oz of Tonic
Frozen Cucumber Pearls for Garnish
This is a drink that needs to be prepped a few days in advance to properly infuse the gin with enough cucumber flavor.
Leave the skin and slice your cucumber. Place in a Mason jar and top with gin. Let sit in your refrigerator for 3 days.
With the rest of your cucumber and a melon baller, scoop small pearls out of the vegetable. Avoid the skin. Place in an airtight container and make sure the pearls don’t touch. We don’t want them freezing together, store in your freezer.
I already had frozen diced jalapeño but decided I didn’t want chunks of jalapeño floating around my cocktail waiting to stick to the back of someone’s throat. I let these melt and blended the diced jalapeño with its water until there were no more whole pieces. I returned the liquid to my ice cube trays and put them back in the freezer.
All of this should be done a few days before and are now ready to be used!
In your cocktail shaker combine gin, two jalapeño ice cubes, and two regular ice cubes. Shake!
I got these wonderful glass juice bottles for Christmas and decided to bring them out for this cocktail. The openings are small so we are going to use the ice cubes from the shaker since now they will have either broken or melted slightly. Dig out the ice and put them into your glass or bottle.
Pop in a few frozen cucumber pearls and top with your liquor, top off the drink with tonic and stick a straw in it! Drink up! Take it slow if you love spice!
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