14 September 2010

cucumber martini

This past Friday the two of us went over to my Nan & Grampy's house for a little dinner party.   They look like they know how to have a good time, no?

And even though I didn't take any pictures of the wonderful spread that they and my uncle cooked up for us, I assure you it was most delicious and I helped myself to seconds.  I also got to try a new-to-me cocktail:  the cucumber martini.  I've learned from experience that not everyone in this world takes kindly to cucumber water, so imagine my delight when I found that there are some people in this world that skip the water and put cucumber in their gin!

Take a little Hendrick's Gin (warning, this link plays music), shake it up with ice until it's cold and add a slice of cucumber.  I imagine one could also add a slice to a G&T as well if you'd like a little bubbly.  This gin has hints of rose petals and cucumber-- even my unsophisticated palette could pick up on it :)

I did some research this weekend, and also came across this recipe for a Cucumber-Rosemary Gin and Tonic.  And while we're on the topic, here's a recipe for a fresh whiskey sour, sans the icky processed syrup normally used.

What's your favorite classy cocktail?  A special drink and dessert (even something as simple as homemade sun tea and chocolate chip cookies) are, to my mind, a necessity for dinner parties. 

(Top photo = my grandparents are awesome.  Bottom photo via The Kitchn).


  1. My great grandfather (A former rum-runner/still operator), grandfather and dad all drank Manhattans growing up. Since it was the only cocktail I really new when I went to college, I drank them A LOT. Yeah, I learned the hard way there are more "friendly" cocktails out there. I do love a good G&T, too (when life hands your lemons, make G&Ts).

  2. I prefer wine over drinks, but the cucumber martini looks pretty nice :)

  3. I heart that pic of Nan and Grampy. Prevent malaria--drink G&T's :) I've been enjoying Cape Codders lately...is that considered classy?

  4. Ha Ha Kate! That's EXACTLY why G&Ts were invented. I was just talking about that with a friend the other day!

  5. How did I miss this post until today and THAT wonderful photo? Love it, love it!


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