As summer begins to slow down, there’s still time to enjoy the season before returning to school or returning to the back-to-school responsibilities of adulthood. August calls for a refreshing seasonal cocktail, such as this Blueberry-Cucumber Gimlet.
There is no shortage of summer fruit to enjoy: peaches, nectarines, watermelons, etc. And though they all capture the essence of summer, I have a bias for blueberries. I associate this berry with our annual Labor Day trip to Maine – our last summer vacation. Blueberry Martinis are my choice of cocktail during this trip, but this Blueberry-Cucumber Gimlet is easier to make, and you can certainly switch up the fruit to your liking.
The slices of cooling cucumber create a refreshing base for the cocktail. Add a handful of fruit, a dash of citrus, a quick pour of simple syrup, and you’ll have a fantastic cocktail to help you slip through the rest of the summer.
Yield: 1 cocktail
Glassware: lowball glass
Tools: shaker, muddler
1/4 cup blueberries, more for garnish
8-10 slices cucumber, more for garnish
1 fl. oz. (15ml) fresh lime juice
1 fl. oz. (15ml) simple syrup (recipe follows)
2 fl. oz. (30ml) gin
1. Add blueberries and cucumber into a shaker and smash several times with the muddler until juices are released; add lime juice, syrup, and gin, and top with ice cubes. Cap the shaker and shake vigorously until well combined, about 20-30 seconds.
2. Pour mixture into glass, half-filled with ice. Garnish with cucumber slices and blueberries. Serve chilled.
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
1. Bring sugar and water to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves completely. Remove from heat and cool for 30 minutes. Use immediately or refrigerate up to 1 week.