Cucumber Basil Smash
• 2 oz Gin
• 1 oz dry vermouth
• 3-4 oz Dry Cucumber soda
• 3-4 basil leaves
• Several slices of cucumber
• Lemon wheel garnish
In a cocktail shaker, muddle cucumber slices and basil. Add gin, vermouth, and and ice, shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass with ice, top off with Dry Cucumber Soda. Stir, and garnish with a basil leaf and lemon wheel. Cheers!
Mocktail version: Eliminate the gin and vermouth, and enjoy!
Gin and Marmalade
- 2 oz Gin (I used Tanqueray)
- A splash of triple sec
- 1 bar spoon of orange marmalade
- Juice of ½ lemon
- A few leaves of mint
- Your favorite fizzy water
Combine gin, triple sec, marmalade, and lemon juice with ice in a shake, and shake vigorously (extra shaking helps incorporate the marmalade). Muddle the mint in the bottom of glass, add pour contents of the shaker into the glass, adding more ice if needed. Top off with fizzy water, stir, and enjoy
Eliminate the gin and triple sec and add another spoon of marmalade.
The Verdant Lady
- 1½ ounces gin (such as Hendrick’s)
- 1/2 ounce fresh, strained lime juice
- 1½ teaspoons (1/4 ounce) simple syrup
- 1 teaspoon (1/6 ounce) Green Chartreuse
- 4 large mint leaves, plus a sprig for garnish
In a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice, combine the gin, lime juice, simple syrup, chartreuse, and mint leaves. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds, then strain into a coupe. Garnish with a mint sprig if you like, and serve.
For a lighter beverage, serve over ice, with a splash of fizzy water.
It may seem like a tiny bit of Green Chartreuse, but a little goes a long way!
Eliminate the gin and Green Chartreuse, and add a teaspoon of simple syrup and muddled lavender.