Cucumber Basil Gimlet Cocktail

Cucumber Basil Gimlet Cocktail

Inspired by The Orbit Room, San Francisco, California 

Cucumber Basil Gimlet Cocktail | http://saltandwind.com I had to Goldilocks my way into San Francisco: my first neighborhood was too preppy, the next one a bit too sketchy, but the third one—Hayes Valley&mda...
Skill
Course
Cuisine
Ingredients
8
Hands-On Time
5 minutes
Total Time
4 1/2 hours
Yield
1 drink // 2/3 cup Basil Simple Syrup //1/2 cup cucumber juice
Servings
1
Diet
Cucumber Basil Gimlet Cocktail | http://saltandwind.com
Skill
Beginner
Course
Drinks
Cuisine
American
Ingredients
8
Hands-On Time
5 minutes
Total Time
4 1/2 hours
Yield
1 drink // 2/3 cup Basil Simple Syrup //1/2 cup cucumber juice
Servings
1
Diet
Vegetarian
Cucumber Basil Gimlet Cocktail | http://saltandwind.com

I had to Goldilocks my way into San Francisco: my first neighborhood was too preppy, the next one a bit too sketchy, but the third one—Hayes Valley—was just right. I moved there in a time of major transition, before the fancy park and outdoor beer gardens. I quickly became attached to the local businesses from inspired jewelry shops to the quirky The Orbit Room. That bar taught me what a proper drink should be like and that being a regular is well worth it. They also taught me how good basil and bourbon taste together. I've modified the drink to include Gin instead of bourbon but still love it very much. 

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar or honey

    plus 1 teaspoon for cucumber juice

  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves

    plus 4 leaves for cocktail

  • 4 Persian cucumbers

    ends trimmed and roughly chopped

  • 1/2 ounce freshly-squeezed lime juice

    divided

  • 2 ounces Hendricks Gin
  • 3/4 ounce cucumber juice
  • 3/4 ounce Basil simple syrup
  • ice

Instructions

For the Basil Simple Syrup: Whisk together 3/4 cup of water with 2/3 cups of sugar or honey in a small saucepan then place over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat, add the 2 cups of basi leavesl, and set aside at room temperature to cool, at least 30 minutes. Pour through a fine mesh sieve, discard basil, then cover simple syrup, and refrigerate until chilled, at least 4 hours. 

Tip

Simple syrup be made up to 1 month ahead. Store refrigerated in an airtight container.

For the cucumber juice: Combine cucumber, 1/4 ounce of the lime juice, and 1 teaspoon of sugar or honey in a mini food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Strain through a mesh sieve, pushing on the back to extract juices (you should have about 1/2 cup). 

Tip

Juice be made up to 4 days ahead. Store refrigerated in an airtight container and shake before using.

For the cocktail: Reserve one basil leaf for garnish then place remaining three basil leaves in a shaker and bruise a few times with a muddler. Add 3/4 ounce cucumber juice, 3/4 ounce Basil Simple Syrup, remaining 1/4 ounce lime juice and add ice. Shake until chilled then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Smack reserved basil leaf between your hands over the glass (to release essential oils) then float on the cocktail’s surface and serve.

Footnotes

Food styling by Aida Mollenkamp // Photography by Christopher Kalima

http://saltandwind.com/recipes/288-cucumber-basil-gimlet-cocktail-recipe

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