Light and refreshing - the perfect summer cocktail.
Ok, so this Monday calls for a cocktail right! And it’s not just any old beverage, it's one that is perfect for a hot summer day. Infused with cucumber and melon, it is the perfect option for when it’s hot outside and you want something refreshing and not too sweet.
So this recipe calls for simple syrup which really is just so simple to make. If it’s one of those things that you haven’t done or seems intimidating you need to get up and make some right now! It’s one of the best ways to infuse almost any flavour into a drink, and it also allows you to sweeten your drink exactly to your liking, so if you have a major sweet tooth you can bump up the amount of simple syrup your throwing in, or the opposite if that's how you roll.
This is also a really great cocktail to have when you're hosting a party or bbq. Just set out all of the ingredients and let your guests mix their own concoction (with a bit of direction of course). Plus how fun is it for your guests to get involved and play bartender. It makes things interactive and casual, and in the summer, that is exactly how it should be!
prep time 5 minutes
cook time 10 minutes
total time 15 minutes
2 oz melon simple syrup
2 oz gin
In a cocktail shaker combine melon simple syrup, gin and a slice of cucumber. Muddle the cucumber then top with ice and shake vigorously.
Fill a cocktail glass with ice then strain in the gin mixture and top with seltzer water. Garnish with melon and sliced cucumber.
Melon Simple Syrup
1 cup white sugar
1 cup water
2 cups chopped melon
In a small saucepan combine sugar, water and chopped melon. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain then place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.