Winded cucumber cocktail
Recently many different varieties of cucumbers have become locally available; beautiful, round and apple-shaped, lemon cucumbers or the long, ribbed Armenian ones to point to just a few. But even the more familiar Lebanese or continental cucumber can be smartened up. For something unique, how about a simple martini-like cocktail? We have one on the Bishop of Ostia menu called the Winded Cucumber, made with spirits from around Australia.
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Summer salute: Cucumber cocktail. Photo: Eddie Jim
3cm piece of cucumber peeled
30ml West Winds 'Sabre' gin
30ml Maidenii sweet vermouth
15ml Pennyweight Fino
7ml simple sugar syrup
some ice (about a cup)
Place the cucumber piece into a large cocktail shaker and, using a muddling stick (like a small rolling pin – or just use a wooden spoon) smash it up. By the way, in the cocktail world this is called muddling … crazy, I know.
Add the other ingredients and stir like a martini. It's a good idea to pretend you're James Bond and say the line, just as Sean Connery would.
Now take your desired glass; we like the rounded martini shape and double strain into the glass.
Garnish with a sexy ribbon of cucumber on a toothpick, or even one of those plastic colourful camel picks (whatever you fancy really).