I’ve made this a number of times over the last couple of years (including as a punch at a party last year) and it’s such a perfect summer cocktail. It’s easiest to make if you have a cocktail shaker, but I’m aware not everyone is into making that kind of commitment to being a lush, so I’m sure you could MacGyver other options (perhaps using a mason jar and a sieve?).
Ingredients (for one cocktail)
- 2 ounces gin (or vodka)
- 2 cucumber slices (about 1/16-inch thick)
- 2 basil leaves
- 1 ounce cardamom simple syrup (see recipe below)
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- ginger beer to top everything off
Muddle the cucumber, basil, and cardamom syrup in your shaker. Add the lemon juice and spirit, and shake over ice for 10 seconds. Strain into an iced highball glass, top with ginger beer, and garnish with a cucumber slice.
Cardamom simple syrup
- 2 parts sugar
- 1 part water
- 1/2 part green cardamom pods
Bring the water and the cardamom pods to a boil, then gradually add the sugar. As soon as the sugar has fully dissolved, turn off the heat, cover, and let sit until cool (the longer you let it sit, the spicier the syrup will be, but don’t feel like you need to leave it for ages — the syrup I made yesterday only sat for about an hour and a half and it was awesome). Strain out the cardamom pods and use!
I originally found this recipe on tumblr!