Cucumber Lemonade Gin Punch
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. This recipe first appeared on altonbrown.com.
ACTIVE TIME: 10 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 10 minutes
Yield: 16 cocktails
- 4 whole lemons, halved
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 quart water
- 1 large cucumber, trimmed and sliced into thin rounds on a mandoline
- 24 fluid ounces gin
- Ice cubes
Juice the lemons into a large pot. Throw the rinds in there, too.
Add the sugar to the pot and muddle with the lemon rinds and juice for 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the water and stirThe flavors of cucumber and lemon are delicate, so you don’t want to boil the syrup. until the sugar has dissolved.
Strain into a 3-quart pitcher and add the cucumber. Steep for 1 hour.
For punch: Add 24 fluid 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 fluid ounces of gin and 2 1/2 fluid ounces of lemonade. Stir to combine and serve immediately.