Let me just start by apologizing for the amount of puns you’re about to be hit with, but when you have something this good you really can’t pass it up.
Somebody call a doctor, cause this month we’re getting strange.
Okay, okay, I’m sorry, that was a little terrible. But you know what isn’t terrible? This drink that I definitely did not name to be a bad pun off a great actor’s name. But come on it’s got cucumber, and Benedictine. What else was I supposed to call it? For real though, this drink is great, and it doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to figure that out. (Shoutout to my fellow Sherlockians, heeey!)
Alright, puns over, let’s get down to business.
I came up with the idea for this drink last summer after I bought a bottle of Benedictine to make a Viuex Carre (An amazing classic cocktail from New Orleans that I’ll highlight soon). After making that delicious drink, found myself craving something a bit lighter and more refreshing for our hot summer days and with a whole bottle of this new, interesting liqueur, I figured I’d try and workshop something that would be light, refreshing, complex, and spirit forward. Thus, Benedict’s Cucumber Batch was born.
I’m sure some of you may be wondering, “What is Benedictine?” Well, the short answer is that it’s an herbal liqueur from France. It’s complex, botanical, sweet, and adds a truly unique character to any drink. If you haven’t tried it before, congratulations! Now is the perfect time! Go out and pick yourself up a bottle along with some of your favorite botanical gin, some limes, a cucumber, and some mint sprigs, and let’s make some drinks!
- 2oz Botanical Gin (I recommend Uncle Val’s Botanical)
- 1oz Benedictine
- 1oz Lime Juice
- Muddled Cucumber
- Mint Sprig for Garnish
Step 1: prep & Muddle the cucumber
Take about a 2” section of cucumber and cut into cubes. Add to your shaker and muddle into a chunky paste.
Step 2: Add the Rest of your ingredients and shake!
- Add 2oz of gin, 1oz of Benedictine, and 1oz of fresh squeezed lime juice to your shaker.
- Add ice and shake vigorously until the outside of the tin is chilled and has become slightly frosted.
Step 3: Double strain
Double strain your cocktail into your cocktail glass of choice and garnish with a mint sprig.
Step 4: Enjoy!
Congrats! You’ve successfully made Benedict’s Cucumber Batch! Sit back, relax, and enjoy this cocktail that is absolutely cool as a cucumber.
So that’s a Benedict’s Cucumber Batch. Did you try it? Did you love or maybe not so much? Let us know your thoughts and maybe some of your drinks that you’d like us to try.
Anyways, until next time.
Cheers my friends.