Get in the spirit with a grown-up St. Patrick’s Day cocktail. This Jalapeño and Cucumber Gin & Tonic sets the stage with a little bit of green and lots of great flavor!
Hi, it’s Steph from “So, I’ve been thinking…” and today I’m joining you at Michelle’s place sharing one of my favorite cocktails: a gin & tonic. It’s not just any old g&t though; this one’s got some savory flavors going on. The beauty of the traditional drink is its simplicity, so keeping that in mind I’ve combined some fresh, green flavors to add a little zing and keep the traditionalists happy with still being able to taste their favorite gin.
Remember when St. Patrick’s Day was all about the green beer and getting to the bar at 8am? I know it wasn’t just me…but it was a while ago and I’m going to admit the thought of green beer now…well, no thanks. Same goes for the 8am belly-up.
So if you aren’t celebrating the holiday “old school style” you may be looking for something a little more sophisticated.
[contextly_sidebar id=”nD3htex91qwXXbADu7cnw6FXxkRoLQ6Z”]I’ve got just the thing for you: a Jalapeno & Cucumber Gin & Tonic St. Patrick’s Day cocktail. You’ll get plenty of St. Patrick’s Day spirit, a little bit of green and lots of great flavor. This cocktail is very smooth with a little heat in the finish, it’s definitely a grown-up cocktail.
You’ll need a high quality gin and a good tonic, I like to use Hendrick’s Gin and Fever Tree tonic, you don’t want to overpower your Hendricks with a sweet, syrupy tonic, it’s just too light of a gin for that, and it’s flavor is too good to mask.
This is a simple cocktail served on the rocks or shaken and served in a martini glass. This isn’t a drink I would make in a big batch ahead of time; the Fever Tree will go flat. If you plan to serve a lot of people, cut up the jalapeño, cucumbers, lime and cilantro ahead of time for quick assembly.
Many people aren’t crazy about cilantro, if you’re one of them you can substitute fresh parsley.
As I say with all of my recipes, use it as a guideline, if you have a favorite gin and you want to use that – go ahead, you don’t have to use Hendrick’s. That being said…this gin is really smooth and is worth a try if you haven’t had it.
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Jalapeño & Cucumber Gin & Tonic
Get in the spirit with a grown-up St. Patrick's Day cocktail. This Jalapeño and Cucumber Gin & Tonic sets the stage with a little bit of green and lots of great flavor!
- 2 oz Hendrick's Gin
- 1 - 2 oz Fever Tree tonic
- 1 cucumber, thin slices and small dice
- 1 jalapeño, thin slices
- 1 lime, thin slices
- small bunch cilantro, chiffonade (thin slivers)
On the rocks
- Fill glass with ice
- Add gin
- Add spoonful of diced cucumber
- Add 2-3 slices cucumber, jalapeño, and lime
- Add a pinch of cilantro
- Stir just to mix
- Slowly add tonic to taste
- Add a squeeze of lime, if desired
As a martini
- Shake gin over ice until very cold
- Add cucumber, jalapeño, lime, and cilantro to shaker
- Shake to mix
- Pour into martini glass, holding back ice
- Add tonic to taste (about 1 oz)
- Add squeeze of lime to taste
One more tip, for St. Patrick’s Day and any day, please drink responsibly and have a designated driver.
Cheers! Enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day cocktail!
About Stephanie: When she’s not chauffeuring her three children to school or sports, Stephanie is a social media consultant and marketing manager for a loyalty marketing company. Outside of her day job, you can find her creating new drink recipes and cooking with her husband. In addition to blogging, one of her passions is photography, and she spends lots of time taking and editing sports photos and creating unique photo gifts. You can see her photography at stephrufa.com, and her recipes, drinks and photography tips on her blog at “So, I’ve been thinking…”.
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Wednesday 6th of May 2015
Hi Mich.I love love love the drink. Finally did the round up on my blog.. Thanks so much! Can't wait to make it :) Stephanie thanks to u too ... !
Wednesday 25th of March 2015
Smart cookie using Hendrick's...I go between that and Tanqueray, depending on my mood. ;) So glad you linked up at Snickerdoodle Sunday- can't wait to see your latest makes this weekend!
Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)
Saturday 21st of March 2015
What a creative recipe! Thanks for linking up with #PureBlogLove Link Party. The party starts every Thursday night at 8 p.m. and runs through the weekend. Hope to see you there!
Thursday 19th of March 2015
Now thats a hot twist to a martini!!!
Thanks for stopping by to link and share on The Oh My Heartsie Girl WW this week!! We appreciate you shared your blog with us!! Have a great week, Karren
Thursday 12th of March 2015
Oooo! cucumber and jalapeno? And gin? Sounds fab!