Cucumber Gimlet

Cucumber Gimlet

[Photograph: Christine Tsai]

Like a spiked spa drink, this cocktail from bartender James Stuart is refreshing and delicate—just lightly herbal from the muddled rosemary and gin.

Note: To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Cool before using. Simple syrup will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

  • Yield:makes 1 cocktail
  • Active time: 5 minutes
  • Total time:5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 thin slices cucumber
  • 12 fresh rosemary leaves
  • 2 ounces Plymouth gin
  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup (see notes)
  • Garnish: very thin cucumber slice

Directions

  1. 1.

    Muddle cucumber and rosemary in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, add gin, lime juice, and simple syrup. Shake well.

  2. 2.

    Double-strain into chilled cocktail glass. Float thin cucumber slice on top of drink and serve.