Ingredients: (makes 3 cocktails)
- 1 lemon (cut 3 circles of the lemon for decoration and save aside, then squeeze the rest)
- Half a cucumber (use a peeler to take the skin off the cucumber and save for decoration)
- 2 handfuls of mint (plus some sprigs for decoration)
- 3 tsp of brown sugar
- 1 big bowl of ice
- Gin (if you want to make this cocktail non- alcoholic then either just leave out the gin or you can replace with the same quantities of elderflower cordial)
- Lemonade (I used san pellegrino limonata)
- In a blender, put half the cucumber (saving the peelings for decoration), the lemon juice (saving 3 circles for decoration) and only 1 handful of the mint. Add about 1/2 a glass of water to help blend. Blend this.
- Once blended, sieve the green ‘juice’ into a jug with a spout.
- Get 3 glasses. Divide the remaining handful of mint and a few of the cucumber peels into the glasses, along with 1 tsp of brown sugar into each glass. Using a cocktail muddler or end of a rolling pin, muddle (pound) this together.
- Now fill the glasses about halfway with ice cubes.
- Pour the green ‘juice’ equally into the glasses.
- Now pour the gin into the glasses. You can add either 1 or 2 shots depending on how strong you want the drink. I used Gordon’s gin, but you can use any brand.
- Now top up the drink to the top of the glasses with lemonade. I used san pellegrino lemonade which added a nice taste, but you can use whichever one you have. Once poured in, using a spoon stir the cocktail until well mixed.
- To decorate the drink, add straws. Also add a sprig of mint to the top of the drink and any remaining cucumber peels to the top of the drink. Get the slices of lemon and make a slit on one side. Put this on the side of the glass.Enjoy at Gin O’Clock!