Thursday, December 19, 2013

Cucumber Collins


Recently my blog friends Shay and Marg started Cocktail Wednesdays. Each week they celebrate the middle of the week by picking a different cocktail for review.
As the weeks have gone by they seem to be getting more and more adventurous and are trying some very unusual drinks, one even included coffee and bacon, yerrk!!  A Cucumber Collins might be a bit tame for these fearless adventurers but they're being polite enough to try it when I told them it was one of my favourite cocktails. 

Cucumber Collins' are more of a summer drink, so for those of you who are knee deep in snow you may want to bookmark this to try when the weather warms up. 

Ingredients:

1/4 cup Cucumber
1 tsp Lime
Coriander/Cilantro. 
(Some recipes say mint instead of coriander but I think coriander has a lovely floral, aromatic flavour)  


Soda Water 
2 Ounces of Gin  
Ice Cubes  
2 teaspoons of Sugar

In a cocktail shaker,
Muddle the Cucumber, Coriander and Sugar
Add the Lime Juice and Gin and Ice
Shake well
Strain into a tall Collins glass
Top it off with soda water

Usually I like to go over the top with colourful accessories when garnishing cocktails 

but a Cucumber Collins just needs a straw, a slice of cucumber and long wedge popped into the drink.

Served on a pretty table cloth. 

For those who don't like alcohol we tried the same recipe without the gin and I can assure you it tasted just as good. Very refreshing!!  It's nice with a few strawberries thrown in too!

I'll be curious to hear what Shay and Marg will say about this cocktail. To read their verdicts pop over to their blogs. ( Sometimes they don't post their reviews until later on Thursdays, I guess it depends on how good the cocktails were)



25 comments:

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Perhaps they're having a few if it's as good as you say! Sounds yummy and i will try it when I've stopped nursing! It'll be a nice treat and i like the sound of strawberries with it too!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

This looks lovely and refreshing Rachael...bet it tastes good too!

Chris said...

Yum yum!!

Terry said...

A great summer cooler. It,s on the to try list.

Katy Cameron said...

Heh, you made the ingredients look very pretty anyway :oD Alas, I'm not a cucumber or coriander fan, so I'll just have a G & T with a slice of lime ;o)

Heather said...

Usually I am very inspired by your creations but sadly this will not be in my future. I hate gin and cilantro and cannot imagine sipping a cucumber flavored anything but it sure looks pretty. Sorta like a mojito which I love!

Vickie said...

Whaaaaath a gooood cockatoo thawas hiccup!

Nifty Quilts said...

Very cute post. The drink looks good for summer! I love the flower you've made from the fruits.

Quiltjane said...

How civilised! I like you thinking.

Mary said...

It sounds refreshing! But I do think right now something warm suits my condition. I will give it a try as soon as the snow stops flying around here!

Live a Colorful Life said...

I love the pictures. I'll take your word that it is enjoyable, but like Katy, I'm not a fan of cucumber or cilantro. So G&T with a slice of lime for me too. :)

needleandspindle said...

Give me a vat of Cucumber Collins. It is 10pm, 30 degrees in the house still, the kids are still awake in their beds and fighting. I choose the cocktail.

Liane Weber said...

If we can have Christmas in July, we can have summer drinks in December! I love the reindeer riding the cucumber! Here in New England, we are indeed knee deep in snow, so I will be spiking my hot cocoa for the time being, but this does look tempting! :)

Pinkadot Quilts said...

Oh my that looks good and I love your accessories too!
I am making Pomegranate martinis for Christmas, I tried one last night, just to make sure they tasted good!

Deborah said...

Your photos!!!!! Too beautiful!!! I'm a virgin drinker. Uh. No I didn't mean that. My drinks are all virgins but I appreciate the beautiful colors and lovely flavors.

smazoochie said...

I always wish we were nextdoor neighbors -- now that I know you're making gin cocktails on Wednesday afternoons, I wish it even more! Cheers!

Shay said...

Gotta say Rach- you knocked it out of the park with your cocktail recipe and your gorgeous photos.

The Cucumber Collins will definitely live on at Maison Pyjamas !

Marg said...

Yours looks way better than my sad anaemic photo. I need to buy some more glasses. I had loads of different glasses before I moved and very rarely used them so in my wisdom, gave them away. I'm now going to go on an op shop shopping spree to find some different size and shape glasses so these cocktails can shine after being lovingly prepared.
A very nice refreshing cocktail for the heat of summer, thanks Rachael for an awesome pick.

dweeze (Johnno) said...

Hi Rachael,
Looks good enough to drink. Ask GBF about 'cocktail of the week' - hehehe.

Paula said...

Sounds wonderful. I'll have to give it a try.

Cindy said...

I had to pop over and look at your photos after reading Shay's post. You are quite the photographer! I will definitely be trying this little yummy when our summertime arrives 6 months from now! :)

Lynne Shandley said...

Sounds lovely for a hot day! It is cold here today and we had snow earlier! The snow is still melting. It was soooo pretty!

thea said...

It looks great. I didn't join up this week and that obviously was an error on my part ...

Barb said...

looks fresh and delicious!!
I love your fun photos - what a great table cloth.
I love all your drink adornments! especially the little tissue fruits straws - so fun!!!
merry merry
ho ho ho

Monica said...

This looks really tasty, Rachael, although a little cold for our current weather. I'm bookmarking it for later, though!

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