Let me go ahead and say this recipe is a two-parter that involves making your own simple syrup. Is it worth it? Yes. Making a simple syrup is easy and only takes a few minutes but it really steps up the flavor of your drink. Summer is the best time to make these fresh fruit cocktails and trust me, they’ll never taste better than on a hot summer day. Now is the time to put in a little effort, you won’t regret it.
To Make Cucumber & Mint Simple Syrup
- 1/2 Cup Evaporated Cane Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Water
- 6 Cucumber slices, 1/2 inch thick with skin removed
- 2 Large mint sprigs, about 15 leaves
- Place sugar and water in a saucepan and set to medium-high heat.
- Remove from heat once the mixture comes to a boil and the sugar has dissolved. Add the cucumber and mint and let steep for about 30 minutes.
- Strain syrup through a fine-mesh sieve and into a sealable container.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Make a Blackberry, Cucumber & Mint Cocktail
- 1/4 Cup Blackberries, about 6-8
- 5-6 Teaspoons Cucumber Mint Simply Syrup
- 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
- 2 ounces gin
- 3 ounces Soda Water
- Place the blackberries and lemon juice in a cup and muddle until berries are broken down.
- Mix in about 5-6 teaspoons of the simple syrup into the mashed berries.
- Add in gin and fill the glass with ice. Top drink off with about 3 oz of soda water and gently mix everything with a spoon.
- Garnish with mint and enjoy!
Recipe and photo from The-Broken-Bread.com
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