Cucumber Gin Elderflower Smash

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Beat the heat with this cool, refreshing summer cocktail + mocktail variation!

For last month’s Supper Club dinner, our theme was Vietnamese. We were set to host, so I knew I needed to come up with a killer, refreshing cocktail to cool everyone off.

Cucumber Gin Elderflower Smash: Beat the heat with this cool, refreshing summer cocktail + mocktail variation!

I tried searching for Vietnamese cocktails but didn’t really come up with anything that looked too tasty, so I decided instead to come up with something light and summery.

My go-to cocktail of choice in the summer is definitely a gin & tonic, and I thought that mint, lime and cucumber would work beautifully with all of the Vietnamese flavors in our meal.

Cucumber Gin Elderflower Smash: Beat the heat with this cool, refreshing summer cocktail + mocktail variation!

When I came across this Fever-Tree Elderflower Tonic Water at the store, I knew it would be absolutely perfect in my cocktail.

A little muddling and a dash of aromatic orange bitters bring this beauty together. It was a big hit with my Supper Club, and we’ve enjoyed it at home a few times since. It’s a nice alternative to a mojito, which is how we usually enjoy muddled mint.

Cucumber Gin Elderflower Smash: Beat the heat with this cool, refreshing summer cocktail + mocktail variation!

If you’re looking for a non-alcoholic alternative, simply omit the gin and bitters and add a bit of seltzer instead. Guaranteed refreshment!

Cucumber Gin Elderflower Smash

Makes 4 Drinks

Cucumber Gin Elderflower Smash

Beat the heat with this cool, refreshing summer cocktail + mocktail variation!

Ingredients

Ice
3 ounces english cucumber, peeled (around 4 inches)
1/2 lime, cut into 4 pieces
leaves from 2 sprigs mint (about 2 tablespoons)
8 ounces gin
8 ounces elderflower tonic
8 dashes orange bitters
Optional: 4 ounces seltzer, for nonalcoholic version

Instructions

  1. Fill 4 glasses with ice cubes.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, muddle together cucumber, lime and mint. Add gin and shake well to combine.
  3. Divide muddled mixture between ice-filled glasses. Top each with 2 ounces of elderflower tonic, 2 dashes of orange bitters and stir to combine.
  4. For nonalcoholic variation, omit gin and bitters and add 1 ounce of seltzer to each glass instead. Enjoy!

Notes

Original Recipe by Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen - Ashley Covelli

Big Flavors Rating: 5 Stars

https://bigflavorstinykitchen.com/cucumber-gin-elderflower-smash/

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Cucumber Gin Elderflower Smash: Beat the heat with this cool, refreshing summer cocktail + mocktail variation!
  • I don’t know much about cocktails, so I’m always on the look-out for ones that look tempting. Like you, I’m a big fan of gin and tonic, so this is right up my alley. Pinning so I’ll remember to try it soon.

  • I love it!! I would love it if you would link it up to Tipsy Tuesday at Grey is the New Black!

  • Karen

    I’ve got to find that tonic! This sounds so refreshing!