A gimlet is like an old friend: always there when you need it, regardless of how much time has passed since you last called upon it.
And even though you've always liked it for what it already is (gin, lime juice and simple syrup), like any good friend you're willing to be supportive of new endeavors. In this version, the addition of muddled cucumber allows the drink to maintain its integrity while adding an even more refreshing layer. Your old pal just got a new look.
Cucumber Gin Gimlet
Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen
Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: N/A
Total Time: 10 minutes
3 slices cucumber, chopped, plus more for garnish
½ ounce simple syrup
2 ounces dry gin
¾ ounce fresh lime juice
In a shaker, muddle the cucumber and simple syrup. Add the gin and lime juice, then fill with ice and shake vigorously. Fine-strain the liquid into a chilled coupe or martini glass, garnish with a sliver of cucumber and serve.