Cucumber and Tonic

Cucumber and Tonic

An evolution of soda water with bitters, think of this as a virgin gin and tonic. Vegetal cucumber and herby mint replace the botanicals in the gin. If tonic water is too bitter for you, swap in soda water instead.

Ingredients

  • ½cucumber, preferably hothouse
  • 4thin slices of lime
  • 2sprigs mint
  • Tonic or soda water, to taste
  • Peychaud’s bitters, to taste

Preparation

  1. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the cucumber lengthwise until you have long, wide ribbons.
  2. Place a few slices of lime and mint leaves in the bottom of a Collins glass, or other tall glass, and, using a wooden spoon, lightly muddle them to release the juices in the lime and oils in the mint. Add a few strips of cucumber and fill the glass with ice (crushed, if you’ve got it).
  3. Top with tonic water and a few dashes of bitters.

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