This was so ridiculously good. I am not sure how to properly articulate how great this was and how much you need to make it. I thought of it in the morning while I was working out, because yes this is the kind of thing I think about when I am working out, and I thought it sounded nice and refreshing but I didn’t think that I would be this happy with it. Make this, make this now, make this tonight, just do it.
Because maybe, like me, you think it sounds interesting and probably pretty good but not like any amazing; but it is seriously so much more than that. It is perfect and refreshing and I feel like I am bragging because I made it, and I am a little bit, but even I didn’t have any idea how good it was going to be. Summer may officially be over, but California has not gotten the memo and this is a perfect drink to beat the heat.
- ¼ cup chopped cucumber
- 3 ounces Hendricks gin (or your favorite gin but Hendricks already has some cucumber flavors)
- 2 large sprigs of fresh thyme
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup water
- 3 ounces fresh lemon juice
- Club Soda for topping
- In a small bowl place the chopped cucumber and cover with the gin. Allow to sit for about 20 minutes so the gin can absorb some of the cucumber flavors. When done strain the cucumber out of the gin.
- Meanwhile make the thyme simple syrup by combining the sugar and water in a small pot over medium high heat. Stir until the sugar is fully dissolved. Lower the heat to keep the mixture at a simmer and place one of the thyme sprigs in pot. Allow it to simmer together for about 10 minutes. Then remove the thyme and allow the simple syrup to cool.
- To make the drinks combine the cucumber infused gin, the fresh lemon juice, 1 ounce of the thyme simple syrup, and the other thyme sprig in a shaker filled with ice. Shake to combine and strain into a tall glass filled with ice. I used an extra fine mesh strainer as well as the strainer on the shaker to make sure none of the little thyme leaves got into the drink. Top the drink with club soda and garnish with a cucumber slice and small sprig of thyme.