Green gin cocktail

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)

Method:

  1. 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.IMG_9679IMG_9680
  2. Once blended, sieve the green ‘juice’ into a jug with a spout.
  3. 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.
  4. Now fill the glasses about halfway with ice cubes.
  5. Pour the green ‘juice’ equally into the glasses.edited 4.jpg
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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!edited photo cover

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