As we have finally hit summer with the temperatures hitting 33 degrees, it was time to find a refreshing drink for this week’s cocktail of the week. Once again taking inspiration from the garden, where our cucumber plant has just started to flower, and the spirits we have in the cupboard we stumbled on a Cucumber and Thyme spritz.
This is not your usual cocktail combination, but that is the joy of cocktails, a little bit of experimentation. It is also one of the things Calum enjoys about cooking. Needless to say, experimentation does not always work, but it does give you some great and, sometimes, surprising results. The only thing to remember when you are experimenting is to write down what you do, if you don’t and it turns out great, you won’t be able to recreate it! We found this drink on belvederevodka.com and thought it was a good use of the ingredients we are growing in the garden and an opportunity to use up some more of the vodka collection Calum has amassed over the years!
For this weeks cocktail, you will need:
- One measure of dry vermouth
- One measure of vodka (as we used a Belvedere recipe, we thought it right to use Belvedere)
- Soda water
- Tonic water
- Three ribbons of cucumber
- One sprig of thyme
To create the drink, place the tall glass you intend to use in the fridge to chill them. Take the cucumber and peel across the length to create the ribbons. Take the glass from the fridge and place the cucumber and thyme in the glass followed by a handful of ice. Pour in the measure of dry vermouth, the measure of vodka and use equal parts of tonic water and soda water to fill the glass. Once full, give the mix a little stir and there you have this weeks cocktail, a Cucumber and Thyme Spritz.
We found the cocktail to be a good savoury drink, if a little drier than we normally would like. It is certainly a summer drink to enjoy on a hot afternoon to keep your sprits up when drinking cocktails!