This Cucumber Gin Slushie Is the Only Summer Drink You Need
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This Cucumber Gin Slushie Is the Only Summer Drink You Need

Summertime and the living is in need of some serious refreshment! And what’s more refreshing than a slushie, am I right? This cucumber gin cocktail is seriously green (well, chartreuse, really), super refreshing, and strictly for adults only. You could process the cucumber in a high-speed blender and then strain the pulp to extract the juice, but I prefer to grate them and squeeze the juice using my hands or a muslin cloth. Any leftover grated cucumber can be turned into yummy tzatziki sauce, so two birds with one stone, my friends.

Can’t you just feel the chill vibes? Let’s take a look at what we need…

Ingredients:

  • 1 cucumber, cut into three pieces
  • juice of 1 lemon (or you can use lime for a sharper flavor)
  • 1/2 cup cucumber juice
  • 3 1/2 ounces gin
  • 2 ounces St. Germain or elderflower cordial
  • 1-2 ounces sugar syrup, or to taste
  • plenty of ice — fill the blender about halfway up, adding more ice if needed
  • thin slivers of cucumber (use a potato peeler) threaded on cocktail sticks to garnish

Instructions:

  1. Place 4 glasses in the freezer to chill — you can use martini glasses or anything you have on hand.
  2. Process the cucumber in a food processor fitted with a grating blade. Alternatively, blitz a cubed cucumber, peel and all, in a high-speed blender and strain the pulp through a fine sieve to extract the juice.
  3. Place the grated cucumber in a fine mesh sieve set over a bowl. Use your hands to squeeze the shredded cucumber, in batches, until all the juice is extracted. Alternatively, place in a muslin cloth and squeeze to extract the juice. Transfer to a clean jar and store in the fridge if you’re not using immediately. You’ll get roughly one cup of juice from one cucumber, enough to make several cucumber gin slushies!
  4. Add all the lemon and cucumber juices, gin, St. Germain, sugar syrup, and plenty of fresh ice in a high-speed blender.
  5. Process until everything is blended to a slushie consistency, adding more ice if necessary. Taste and adjust for sweetness (adding more sugar syrup) or tartness (adding more lemon juice) to taste.
  6. Divide between the chilled glasses and serve immediately, adding straws and cucumber rosettes threaded on cocktail sticks for garnish.

Place four glasses in the freezer to chill — you can use martini glasses or anything you have on hand.

Process the cucumber in a food processor fitted with a grating blade. Alternatively, blitz a cubed cucumber, peel and all, in a high-speed blender and strain the pulp through a fine sieve to extract the juice.

Place the grated cucumber in a fine mesh sieve set over a bowl. Use your hands to squeeze the shredded cucumber, in batches, until all the juice is extracted. Alternatively, place in a muslin cloth and squeeze to extract the juice. Transfer to a clean jar and store in the fridge if you’re not using immediately. You’ll get roughly one cup of juice from one cucumber, enough to make several cucumber gin slushies!

Add all the lemon and cucumber juices, gin, St. Germain, sugar syrup, and plenty of fresh ice in a high-speed blender.

Process until everything is blended to a slushie consistency, adding more ice if necessary. Taste, and adjust for sweetness (adding more sugar syrup) or tartness (adding more lemon juice).

Divide between the chilled glasses and serve immediately, adding straws and cucumber rosettes threaded on cocktail sticks for garnish.

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