Cucumber Gimlet (w/Mouse Melon Garnish)
Fresh Cucumber Juice
Fresh Lime Juice
First, prepare your juices. We used an Acme Juicerator on our cucumbers but any food processor should do as long as you strain the juice afterwards.
Next, mix your drink! We use a botanical-flavored gin, but feel free to substitute your favorite, or even, for those scarred by gin-related events in their youth, vodka.
Our round of experimentation yielded a 3:1:1:1 ratio as optimal. If you want more tartness, up the lime, more cucumber / neutral, up the cucumber juice. Watch out for the simple syrup, as things can get cloying in a hurry. If you don’t have a jigger, consider getting one.
Combine the ingredients in an a cocktail shaker with ice, shake and strain into you preferred glassware
The Gimlet is a simple “classic” cocktail consisting of (depending on your source) gin (or vodka or, intriguingly, tequila), lime juice, and maybe sometimes simple syrup and/or water. Our version, Cucumber Gimlets, comes from Epicurious, although we use a 3:1:1:1 ratio of gin, lime juice, cucumber juice, and a little bit of simple syrup.
A Gimlet is often served up, so any martini or cocktail glass will do, ideally some glass you that showcases your Mouse Melons! Since they look like olives that look like watermelons (and taste like cucumber), any martini-based treatment would do. We speared the melons with a sprig of thyme (after first making the hole with a toothpick), also included in the Arormatic Bouquet.