Cucumber Lime G&T


There is gin and there is Gin. The former being introduced to us in our candescent youth, where an overflow of it in our systems lead to public weepings’ about the plight of the homeless and failing our mid-terms, (what do they put in that? Seriously…).  The latter – is embodied in the intricately designed, delightfully stout little bottle of Hendrick’s Gin – a small batch producing company based in a wee corner of Scotland.

I caught a whiff (literally) of an empty bottle of this at a friends 30th birthday party where we had rented out this amazing house in Somerset West to spend the weekend in. Lining the wall of the bar, were all these empty bottles’ of Gin – bottles I had never seen before. Curious, I uncorked one and inhaled what can only be described as the most heavenly scent of summer in a bottle. Cucumber, fresh cut grass, rose water… I couldn’t actually work it out – all I knew was that I had to get me some of this.

To limit one’s calorie intake, I always affirm that having a double shot and but one mixer tonic, you get the wanted (needed) effect of two drinks, but without the sugar content of two mixers. It’s a lovely drink to multiply into a jugs’ worth for sundowners if you are having people over. Make it as strong or as weak as you like, either way the flavour will astound!


Serves 1
*For a jug, multiply the tots by however many people you have over.
2 shots of Hendrick’s Gin
Freshly shaved Cucumber
1 Lime, squeezed
1 200ml can Tonic water

Shave the cucumber very thinly and line the bottom of the glass with it, a few cm thick. Squeeze the juice of 1 lime over this.
Pour over the measured amount of Hendrick’s Gin, the Tonic, and swizzle all together.

*Must be served ice cold, but preferably without ice in it, as you don’t want to dilute the magic. 


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