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).