Happy Friday everyone! Brad and I are officially back in Tokyo, getting used to bicycle and train rides all over again. The weather is cooler than I remember it being last year, but still insanely humid. Therefore, I am constantly dripping in disgusting sweat. Gross. No need to thank me for sharing.
Today’s cocktail is one that I will indeed be making this weekend to ward off the heat. This Cucumber Mint Tonic is inspired by a drink from a restaurant in St. Paul, MN called W.A. Frost.
After visiting their beautiful patio for lunch last week with my sister, I went home and did my best to recreate this drink at home. It turned out to be very easy to make. The cucumbers add a light freshness to the drink along with the slight spice of fresh ginger simple syrup and bright green mint leaves. I love how the beautiful bright green ingredients look in the martini glass.
There is also good news for you non-drinkers out there: you can omit the vodka and simply add more tonic water to your glass instead.
In these last days of summer, you can’t go wrong with a drink like this.
Cucumber Mint Tonic
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
Combine the ingredients in a sauce pan over high heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Turn the heat down to low, stirring constantly until a syrupy texture forms. Pour into a small glass bowl and let cool.
For the Tonic
3 oz. tonic water
3 oz. vodka
2 tablespoons lime juice, plus wedge for garnish
5 or 6 mint leaves, whole
1/8 of a seedless cucumber, chopped
In the bottom of a cocktail glass, combine the ginger simple syrup, lime juice, mint leaves and vodka. Muddle with a spoon or mortar in the bottom of the glass. Add ice to fill the glass. Top with the tonic water and cucumber slices. Stir to combine. Allow the drink to ‘steep’ for 2 to 3 minutes before drinking to allow the cucumber to flavor the liquid.