The cucumber martini made with gin and elderflower (St. Germain) is summer in a glass. Personally, I never used to be a gin martini lover, however this cocktail has changed my mind forever. Gin tends to be bold and piny, but this gin and elderflower concoction is smooth, slightly sweet, citrusy and refreshing.
The gin and elderflower cocktail combination seems to be in right now. Elderflower is a sweet and floral liqueur that naturally compliments the floral and piny characteristics of gin. But the real trick resides in the fresh muddled cucumbers.
What Type of Gin Should I Use?
This may be the best cocktail for Hendrick’s gin. Hendrick’s gin is infused with subtle cucumber and rose flavors—so clearly a nice complementary gin. It’s my favorite gin to use in any fruit-forward cocktail or sip on the rocks. Otherwise, I’ll use a more traditional dry gin like Plymouth.
How to Make the Ultimate Cucumber Martini
The cucumber juice makes this cucumber-infused cocktail taste refreshing and spring-like. Like that fancy cucumber infused water they serve in hotel lobbies and spas. This drink is guaranteed to make you look and feel more sophisticated with every sip.
You have to really pulverize the cucumber slices to get the cucumber flavors out. Don’t skip this part or wimp out. You can really smell and taste the subtle cucumber notes in every sip—and makes the drink that much more complex.
Sometimes for a different spin on this I will also muddle in fresh basil for an earthy twist. If you like basil, I highly recommend. It will also turn the cocktail green!Print
- 3 ounces gin (try Hendrick’s)
- 3/4 ounce elderflower liqueur
- 4 fresh cucumber slices, muddled
- 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- Muddle the cucumber in a cocktail shaker until completely pulverized. Add the remaining ingredients along with a cup of ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds.
- Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a cucumber slice and enjoy.