It’s finally Saturday and this has been our most productive week in quite some time, so these cocktails are well deserved (in our minds, at least)! These Key Lime Cucumber Gin Cocktails have it all – tangy, slightly sweet, earthy and refreshing.
We’ve had some fun lately experimenting with St. Germain (an elderflower liqueur) and Chartreuse (a liqueur made with a variety of herbs, plants and flowers). Chartreuse has a particularly unique (read: strong) flavor, a stunning green hue and an interesting back story. Chartreuse originates from a small town in France, where monks first created the bright green herbal infusion as early as the mid eighteenth century. The recipe (originally used as medicine) has long since been kept a carefully guarded secret and is still produced solely by a monastery in Voiron, France. The tonic contains a wide variety of herbs and flowers, giving it a pungent kick that’s easily distinguishable from other liqueurs. You certainly can’t confuse it by sight – in fact, if you’re wondering, the color Chartreuse was named after the liqueur.
Now that you know everything you’d ever need to about Chartreuse, go enjoy your weekend and make a great cocktail at home instead of heading to an overpriced bar.Print
- 1 oz gin
- 1/2 oz St. Germain
- 1/2 oz Chartreuse
- 3 oz fresh cucumber juice
- 1 oz fresh lime juice
- 4 mint leaves
- We use a juicer to make fresh cucumber and lime juice. If you do not have a juicer, you can blend cucumber in a high speed blender and then strain juice into separate bowl with cheesecloth or sieve. Squeeze lime juice separately.
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake well.
- Strain into glass (don’t pour mint leaves into glass) over ice and garnish with lime & fresh mint (optional). Enjoy!