Alongside citrus fruit, cucumber is an excellent bright and breezy summer flavour. It has cool flavours that add a nice light vegetal note to a number of cocktails. Its approachable and delicate flavours and aromas can often be overlooked when creating cocktails. Cucumber can be muddled into a cocktail to introduce some cucumber flavour or made into a delicious syrup, introducing some amazing essences as well as some much needed sweetness into any of your favourite cocktail recipes.
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Water
Half Of An English Cucumber
Pinch of salt
Cut a cucumber in half and peel one half. Put the other unpeeled half in the refrigerator, this can be used as cocktail garnishes.
Cut the peeled half into ½ inch segments. Set aside.
Add sugar, pinch of salt, and water to a small saucepan and stir on medium heat until the sugar has fully dissolved.
Add cucumber slices, reduce heat to low, and cook for 2 minutes.
Remove from heat and let sit for 10 minutes to continue to soak.
Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a glass jar or bottle to remove cucumber.
Note: You can press the cucumbers while straining for extra cucumber flavour but this may result in your syrup becoming cloudy.