Herbs, Gin, & Cucumber Spring Cocktail

Herb and Gin Cocktail

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Many people will be celebrating today with green beer and tasty Bangers & Mash. I’m all about celebrating today. (I’m part Irish you know, kiss me!) Now, bring on the Bangers & Mash, but I’ll leave the unnaturally colored beverages at the bar. Instead, I’ll be mixing up a refreshing, naturally green cocktail and a cocktail with Irish Whiskey to celebrate the day.

In efforts to create a naturally green cocktail I went straight to some of my favorite green herbs, fruits, and vegetables to make my drink. While it isn’t the same green as an artificially colored beverage, it has a much more appealing taste! This is a great Spring cocktail and will also lead right into the hot days of Summer with its refreshing fizz.

Herbs, Gin, & Cucumber Spring Cocktail
A naturally green cocktail with the refreshing taste of thyme, basil, and cucumber.

Herb and Gin Cocktail

Ingredients
Shaker
Muddler
Ice
Rocks glass with Ice
4 Slices of Cucumber (3 for beverage and 1 for garnish)
1 sprig thyme for garnish
1 oz Basil & Thyme Simple Syrup (See recipe below)
½ oz lime juice ( ½ of freshly squeezed lime)
1 ¼ oz Gin
2 oz Sparkling Water (Or Soda Water)

Directions
1. Put ice, 3 slices of cucumber, 1 oz of basil & thyme simple syrup, squeeze of lime juice, and the half of the lime into a shaker—Muddle
2. Pour gin into shaker, cover, and shake vigorously
3. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice
4. Pour in sparkling water and garnish with cucumber slice and thyme sprig
5. Enjoy!

How to Make a Basil & Thyme Simple Syrup
1. Put a handful of basil leaves and several sprigs of thyme into a small sauce pan with 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1 cup of water. 2. Stir the mixture as it heats on medium-low heat until the sugar has completely dissolved (about four minutes) 3. Remove from heat and let it sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour. 4. Once cooled, taste to see mixture as it sits to get your desired herbal flavor. 5. Once you have your desired flavor pour mixture over a sieve— to strain the solid from syrup—into a jar.The mixture can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one month.

How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

Jenni Bost

Author: Jenni Bost

Jenni believes wholeheartedly that every day is a reason to celebrate. She feels like glitter and champagne should be common day and any get-together can easily be turned into a party! By day Jenni works as a Social Media and Marketing Specialist for the Senior Living field. Her evenings and weekends are devoted to her blog A Well Crafted Party, local meetup group Portland Bloggers, and most importantly, hanging out with her toddler son and super awesome husband. Say hello to Jenni on Twitter and peek into her world through her Instagram account. You can also read more by Jenni on blog A Well Crafted Party

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2 Comments

  1. Mm, I’d take this over green-dyed lager any day! I love how fresh cocktails with herbs taste.

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  2. Bee

    So much yum! I know what I’m pouring myself when I get home :)

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