Sunny & Dry Cocktail

A lively combination of gin, spearmint and lime.

Sunny & Dry                                                                                          

The lively combination of gin, spearmint and lime make this fresh-ingredient cocktail from Cyrus' Scott Beattie an excellent summer sip.

For the cucumber simple syrup:
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cucumber, cut in half and seeded
 30 mint leaves

For the drink:
1 1/2 ounces Junipero gin
10 spearmint leaves
10 lemon balm leaves
1/2 teaspoon Kaffir lime zest, optional
1/2 ounce Cucumber Simple Syrup (recipe below)
Seltzer water 

To make the cucumber simple syrup: Stir sugar into one cup of boiling water until dissolved. Chop one half of the cucumber, and add it and the mint leaves to the mixture. Let syrup sit for a day. Chop remaining half of the cucumber into little, thin half moons. Strain syrup over remaining cucumber.

To make the drink: Chiffonade the spearmint and lemon balm and add all the other ingredients except the seltzer to an empty mixing glass. Fill the glass with ice and shake well.

Add to a Collins glass, top with seltzer, and stir.

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