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.