As I get older, there is seriously nothing better than having drinks (and a cheese platter) with your friends and/or S.O. I love to relax with a nice glass of wine (or a cheap glass, seriously I am not picky) and read at night, scroll through my favorite blogs, or watch a movie with my pup and my man. Typically, wine is my go-to. But I can’t deny a deliciously concocted drink when available. I do have to admire the craftsmanship and detail that goes into all these gorgeous cocktails, especially here in the Bay Area, but let’s be real. $15 a drink on average for some egg whites and a flower frozen in an ice cube gets kinda tired after a while. So why not buy more, make more… more drunky, less money. Kidding, kind of.
Anyway, this drink is one of my go-to favorites. It’s refreshing and delicious (especially with Hendrick’s Gin, which I did not have for this time) and makes me ready for summers sitting in the back yard or at the lake. Just gotta bring along my muddler. Did I mention it’s healthy? Well, healthy-ish for being alcohol, and it’s super easy to prepare.
So let me just put it out there I am NOT an expert, but I imagine myself to be, therefore I never measure.. anything. It just doesn’t serve me a beneficial purpose to measure, I believe cooking and cocktailing (is that a word?) is an art, therefore it’s about taste and selection and you can pretty much just figure it out on your own okay trust me. **This is also why I am not a baker** For this booze-tastic drank full of fruits and veggies, you will need:
- 1 Cucumber (pick the most delectable looking one, wink wink.. about 3-4 slices/drink)
- Some limons y lemons (get yourself a lime and a lemon, a couple slices and squeezes per serving)
- Sparkling water or soda water of choice (just get unflavored)
- Gin – This Lime Seagram’s version is pretty okay for being cheap AF (1 or 2 shots/drink but more shots=more cals)
- 2 Tbsp. Simple Syrup (I typically make my own but I think you can buy it too)
- Take your cuke slices and put them in the bottom of a cup or mug or a chalice, whatever you’re drinking from.
- Add the two tablespoons of simple syrup (see instructions to make this below) and begin to muddle with a flat broad surfaced utensil. If you don’t have a muddler you can use the end of any other tool, just make sure it’s about the size of a quarter at least to allow for maximum squishing.
- Then just throw some cubes (ice) on top, pour your gin of choice over top.
- Top that mixture with your soda water, and squeeze as much fresh lime or lemon as you’d like to taste.
- Shake or stir to your desire, and sip that bitch up to enjoy. Voila.
Simple Syrup Recipe
One cup sugar + One cup water = Simple Syrup
Simple. Get it? Just add those two together and stir frequently til it comes to a boil. I then let mine sit and cool off, or you can put it in the fridge to speed that process up, and you have a yummy sticky sweetener just. like. that.