Ari and I are leaving tonight for a glorious 10 days in California (where I plan to have tacos in some way, shape or form at least once per day), but I wanted to share this very refreshing cocktail with you before I left. As you may have noticed, I'm having a bit of a love affair with gin at the moment, and I think that the herbal notes in the alcohol complement the mint and cucumber perfectly.
Serve this on a sweltering day as an alternative to a Tom Collins, and I'm sure I'll be wishing for one on the plane tonight.
Cucumber Mint Spritz (makes 1 drink)
4-5 cucumber slices
5-6 mint leaves
1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup
1 1/2 oz. gin
2 oz. club soda (or prosecco, if you're feeling saucy)
Muddle cucumber slices and mint leaves in a cocktail shaker until crushed. Add citrus juice, simple syrup and gin, then fill with ice and cover. Shake until very cold, about 1 minute, then strain into a lowball glass and top with club soda or prosecco. Garnish with a cucumber slice and mint leaf and serve immediately.