Went to Chicago for 4th of July weekend. Kent and I went to Fogo de Chao, a Brazilian Steakhouse for dinner. I asked the bartender what he would recommend for a refreshing drink. He made me a Cucumber Smash. I have not tried this yet at home. I thought I would post the recipe for those who would love to make a simple and delicious drink at home. I hope to make a few of these before the summer ends. Here is the recipe;
1 Cucumber (cut two ½ inch slices, then quarter. Cut three 1/16 inch slices for garnish)
1 fresh mint sprig
½ oz. Lemon juice
1 oz. Simple Syrup
1 ½ oz. Hendricks Gin (This is the secret. You HAVE to use Hendricks Gin)
1. Place cucumber, mint, and lemon juice into shaker. Muddle the ingredients well. (He did say I need to buy a muddle)
2. Add simple syrup, Hendricks Gin, and crushed ice. Top shaker with shaker glass and seal. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds.
3. Place sliced cucumber in bottom of glass. Top with crushed ice. Strain the drink into your glass and top with a mint leaf.
4. Serve at once, and enjoy!
Note: If you do not have crushed ice, get a clean towel and place ice into the towel and hit it with rolling pin or hammer to crush the ice.
Can’t wait to make this one. Had to post so I don’t forget to make this refreshing cocktail!!