Thursday 18 June 2020
Cocktails that hit the spot during warm weather. Photo: Hendrick's

Nothing cools you down in a hot day like a chilled drink. But don’t stop there – take the cool factor up a notch with some spirits, and cucumbers. Yes, cucumbers.

Refreshing, delicate-tasting and completely versatile, this fresh ingredient yields drinks that hit the spot when it’s hot as blazes outside. Don’t believe us? Try them for yourselves:

 

Gin & Tonic with cucumber garnish

There’s a good reason why many love a good G&T. We suggest Hendrick’s and its cucumber as well as rose botanicals – the combination will surely not dissappoint.

INGREDIENTS

50ml Gin

150ml Tonic Water

3 Thinly sliced rounds of cucumber

INSTRUCTIONS

Combine all ingredients in a highball glass filled with cubed ice.

Lightly stir and serve.

Garnish with three thinly sliced rounds of cucumber.

 

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Spiked Cucumber Lemonade

When life gives you lemons, make a refreshing cocktail with it.

INGREDIENTS

50ml Gin

20ml Lemon Juice

20ml Sugar Syrup

Top with Soda Water

1 Lemon wheel

Some mint leaves

INSTRUCTIONS

Combine all wet ingredients in a highball filled with cubed ice.

Lightly stir.

Garnish with three thinly sliced rounds of cucumber, a lemon wheel and some mint leaves.

 

 

Coolcumber Aperol Spritz

This Italian classic is already a go-to drink for many during warmer weather. But the addition of cucumbers gives it a certain je ne sais quoi that will have you wanting more.

INGREDIENTS

50ml Aperol

60ml sparkling wine such as Prosecco

2 slices cucumber

Splash of club soda

INSTRUCTIONS

Combine Aperol and cucumber together with ice in a cocktail shaker.

Strain into a tall glass.

Add ice and the sparkling wine.

Top with a splash of club soda and garnish with cucumber.