Cucumber Lemonade Gin Punch, or the CLGP, as I like to call it, is one of my favorite summer cocktails. On a warm day out on the porch, I just can’t imagine anything better. And because the cucumber lemonade is assembled before adding the gin, the base can be served without the booze for anyone not imbibing. The cucumbers become a sort of fresh pickle in the lemonade and should be devoured, not discarded. It should go without saying that this delicious punch should be enjoyed responsibly.
Cucumber Lemonade Gin Punch
- 4 whole lemons (halved)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 quart water
- 1 large (9-10 ounces cucumber, trimmed and sliced into thin rounds on a mandoline)
- 24 ounces gin
- Ice cubes
- Juice the lemons into a large pot and throw the bodies in there too.
- Add the sugar to the pot and muddle (or mash with a masher, rolling pin) with the lemon bodies and juice for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add the water and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
- Strain into a 3-quart pitcher and add the cucumber. Steep for 1 hour.
- Add 24 ounces of gin and stir to combine. Serve over ice.
For a Single Cocktail
- Place 4 to 5 ice cubes in a rocks glass. Add 1 1/2 ounces of gin and 2 1/2 ounces of lemonade. Stir to combine and serve immediately!