Featured Cocktail: Hendrick's Gin Cucumber Basil Smash
Happy National Cucumber Day! (Yes, there is such a thing.) I don't know about you, but I totally gravitate towards any cocktail I see on a menu that has cucumber in it. Maybe it's the spa connotation, or just the fresh aroma and flavor they lend to libations, but the slender green vegetable can add the perfect je ne sais quoi to summer sips.
Mixing with Hendrick's Gin on this beverage holiday is a no-brainer. Infused with rose petals and yes, cucumber, the modern style spirit has converted many people who generally eschew gin. This cocktail, created by National Brand Ambassador Jim Ryan (a super nice guy to sit at the bar with and enjoy a Hendrick's cocktail), also includes basil for an herbal twist. Make it part of your home entertaining repertoire this season (or the entire year, for that matter.)
The Hendrick’s Gin Cucumber Basil Smash
Created by the Hendrick’s National Brand Ambassador, Jim Ryan
1.5 oz. Hendrick’s Gin
.75 oz. fresh lemon juice
.75 oz. simple syrup
One small bunch of basil (3-5 leaves)
3-5 cucumber wheels
In a mixing glass, muddle basil, cucumber, and simple syrup. Add Hendrick’s Gin, lemon juice, and ice. Shake well and fine strain into an iced double rocks glass. Garnish with a bunch of basil and a cucumber wheel.