Friday Night Drinks: Cucumber Gin with Salt and Pepper

Friday nights should be about clearing off tables, putting away study material, closing Qbank (a test question bank thing second year medical students use for our impending board exams), and enjoying a drink. Having a drink is what I do Mon-Thursday…I like it, it tastes good, it makes the last few lectures I’m watching on double speed from the comfort of my home go down smoothly…it’s nice.

But enjoying a drink, that’s what I do on Fridays. The drink-making process is more than just the finished product: it’s discovering something exciting, getting the ingredients, prepping it, finally adding the last accoutrements to make it pretty…and taking that first sip–it hales the end of another week and the beginning of the weekend. Forget the fact that I will study on Saturday and Sunday, forget the fact that I could be doing work now. Nope, with that drink in my hand and the dinner that’ll follow, I’m taking care of myself…the typical, “me time” situation. That’s right, I said it, me-time. Time for me, my drink, and the beautiful silence of my brain.

Anyways, try this drink, it’ll make you look forward to spring days. The idea of cucumber juice might seem a little daunting, but trust me, it’s not difficult or really time consuming.

Gin Cucumber Salt and Pepper Cocktails
Makes 4 drinks, from

8 1oz shots of gin (1 cup)
6-8 1oz. shots of cucumber juice (0.75 – 1 cup)
4 1 oz. shots of lime juice (0.5 cups)
0.33 cups of simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water boiled together)
Sparkling water (to top off the drinks)
Sea Salt
Crushed black pepper

Cucumber juice — I don’t have a juicer, but if you have one, use it! I used my hand blender. Blend up one english cucumber, and then put the pulp into a strainer over a bowl, and let it drain out of about 10 minutes.

Then mix the juice in with the simple syrup, gin, and lime juice into a mason jar or shaker with a few cubes of ice, and shake it up to mix well. Pour it into glasses filled with ice, top with sparkling water, a cucumber slice, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Enjoy!

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