Cucumber Basil Martini with Lemon
Spring in a glass… This gin-based martini beautifully balances a lemon and cucumber simple syrup with gin and muddled fresh basil leaves, and its pretty pale green hue makes it perfect for St. Patrick’s Day and Easter!
Prep Time 5 minutes mins Cook Time 10 minutes mins Cool Simple Syrup 20 minutes mins
Course Beverages, Cocktail Cuisine American
Servings 2 cocktails Calories 178 kcal
Lemon Cucumber Simple Syrup 2 lemons juice both, zest 1 water to equal 1 cup 1 cup sugar 1 cucumber peeled, (see notes) Cocktail 4 ounces gin see notes 1 ounce lemon cucumber simple syrup 1 ounce dry white vermouth 8 large leaves sweet basil well muddled
Lemon Cucumber Simple Syrup Zest 1 of the 2 lemons, and set aside. Squeeze juice from both into a pyrex (or similar) measuring cup. Add water to equal 1 cup. Add to a small saucepan along with the sugar. Bring just to a simmer, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Reduce heat to low. Do not boil! Add 12 - ½" thick slices of cucumber to the saucepan. Simmer (not boil) 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Add lemon zest. Cool completely. Strain into a jar, and refrigerate until ready to use. Cocktail Muddle the basil. Add gin, lemon cucumber simple syrup, vermouth, muddled basil and ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain into glass. If you have an aversion to flecks of basil, use a fine mesh strainer. Enjoy!
Calories: 178 kcal
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