Today’s recipe is Cucumber Lemon Spritzer made with fresh cucumber water and homemade basil simple syrup. Be sure to check out all of David’s cocktail party recipes over at Cocktail Corner.
Written By David Edessa:
Cucumber Lemon Spritzer
- 1½ oz. Gin
- ½ oz. St-Germain Liqueur
- 1 oz. Cucumber Water
- ½ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
- ½ oz. Basil Simple Syrup
- 1 oz. Club Soda
Add all liquid ingredients into a shaker. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain shaker and pour over a glass filled with ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with a cucumber wheel and a basil leaf.
Cucumber Water (unsweetened) recipe:
- 4 1/2 cups coarsely chopped seeded peeled cucumbers (about 4-5 medium)
- 2 cups cold water
Peel, seed, and chop about 4 to 5 cucumbers, then blend them up. Blend until mixture is smooth but slushy, about 2 minutes. Pour the blended batch through a sieve that has been lined with cheesecloth. Let this concoction drip through in the fridge overnight.
Basil Simple Syrup recipe:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil
Stir water, sugar, and basil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and boil 1 minute or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and let stand 30 minutes. Pour liquid through a wire-mesh strainer into a cruet or airtight container, discarding basil. Cover and chill 4 hours. Syrup may be stored in refrigerator up to 1 month.
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