Looking for a refreshing and unique cocktail recipe to impress your guests? Look no further than the English Garden Cocktail. This recipe combines the flavours of cucumber, elderflower, and gin for a light and complex taste. Follow these simple steps to create this delicious drink at home.
Gather your ingredients.
To make the perfect English Garden Cocktail, you’ll need a few key ingredients. Start with 2 ounces of LemonTop Gin, 1 ounce of elderflower liqueur, 1/2 ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1/2 ounce of simple syrup, and a few slices of cucumber. You’ll also need ice and a cocktail shaker to mix everything together. Once you have all your ingredients, you can start mixing up your cocktail.
Muddle the cucumber and mint.
To add a refreshing twist to your English Garden Cocktail, start by muddling a few slices of cucumber and a few fresh mint leaves in the bottom of your cocktail shaker. This will release the flavours and aromas of the cucumber and mint, adding a crisp and refreshing taste to your gin cocktail. Use a muddler or the back of a spoon to gently crush the cucumber and mint, being careful not to overdo it and turn them into a pulp.
Add the remaining ingredients and shake well.
Once you have muddled the cucumber and mint, add the remaining ingredients to your cocktail shaker. This includes 2 ounces of gin, 1 ounce of elderflower liqueur, 1 ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice, and 1/2 ounce of simple syrup. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds, until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty. Strain the cocktail into a chilled glass and garnish with a cucumber slice and a sprig of fresh mint. Enjoy your delicious English Garden Cocktail!
Strain into a glass filled with ice.
Actually, the recipe calls for straining the cocktail into a chilled glass without ice. This allows the flavours to be more concentrated and the cocktail to be enjoyed fully. However, if you prefer your cocktails on the rocks, feel free to strain them into a glass filled with ice. Just be aware that the ice will dilute the flavours slightly. Either way, garnish with a cucumber slice and a sprig of fresh mint and enjoy your homemade English Garden Cocktail!
Garnish with a cucumber slice and enjoy!
After following the steps to create the perfect English Garden Cocktail, it’s time to garnish and enjoy! Slice a cucumber and add it to the glass along with a sprig of fresh mint. Take a sip and savour the refreshing taste of this delicious gin cocktail. Perfect for a summer evening or any time you want to bring a taste of the English countryside to your home bar. Cheers!