Adding cucumber to a gin martini really amplifies the botanicals in the gin while adding a wonderful depth of flavor that really works with an ice cold drink. You can add more cucumber juice to the drink and up the flavor/ decrease the strength of the cocktail by muddling in some more cucumber pieces.
What Gin Should You Use?
I love Hendrick’s gin as it has some cucumber flavor in it already so adding the fresh stuff just works! That being said there are a TON of great brands and I tend to cycle through a few favorites. 209, Nolet’s, the list goes on. I like asking bartenders for their favorites and testing them out before investing in a bottle.
Do You Shake or Stir Your Martini?
I like to stir my gin martinis. Not because shaking bruises the gin and creates a bitter flavor but because I think stirring better controls the amount of water that ends up in the drink. I end up shaking most of my cocktails though so it’s definitely not a dealbreaker.
Steps to Make a Cucumber Martini
A Few Tips
- Hate gin? Use vodka!!
- Try adding in a sprig of mint, lemongrass, or even ginger to up the herbal ante!
- This drink is also nice on the rocks.
- Shake or stir? It gets complicated but try both out and see which you prefer!
- Cut the cucumber into decently thin slices.
- Pour the vodka or gin into a glass along with the vermouth.
- Put the slices of cucumber in the glass with the vodka or gin and vermouth.
- To incorporate all that fresh cucumber flavor, muddle the cucumbers.
- Pour into a cocktail shaker and add ice. Stir and strain the drink into a coupe glass.
- Using a peeler, peel a thin slice of cucumber to use as a garnish.
If you’ve tried this cocktail then don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know how you got on in the comments below, I love hearing from you!
This martini is cool, botanical and refreshing but not sugary and sweet. Be careful, it goes down easy but is definitely strong!
- 4 slices of cucumber
- 3 oz gin or vodka 89mL
- 1/2 oz dry vermouth 15mL
- cucumber for garnish
- Cut up cucumber.
Pour vermouth, vodka or gin in a glass.
Add slices of cucumber. Muddle the cucumbers.
Add ice, stir well and strain into coupe glass.
Garnish with cucumber.
Try adding a bit of fresh mint of basil for an extra botanical note!
Shake or stir? It gets complicated but try both out and see which you prefer!
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