I am aware that there is a cocktail out there referred to as a "Jimi" (named after Jimi Hendrix) which is constructed of muddled cucumber & lime with a dash of simple syrup and Hendrick's Gin all shaken over ice and served with a floating slice of cucumber (very Zen looking). All designed to highlight the unusual cucumber laden quality of this particular distillate. I however, feel that a little more simplicity is in order.
With the advent of "designer" soda, experimentation with flavors becomes a little easier. Thus, armed with 2 cucumber sodas, taste testing began. I chose Mr. Q. Cumber and Dry's version of cucumber soda. Now I have to tell you that I was a little leery in the beginning. Most soda contains a ridiculous amount of sugar (39g per serving), though usually in the form of the "brain chemistry altering" substance known as High Fructose Corn Syrup, but I was relieved to see that Mr. Q contained a mere 22 g per serving (in the form of "sugar") with the Dry brand sporting a paltry 11g per serving (yet again, in the form of actual "sugar") Yeah!
The verdict - after making this drink a couple times I have come to the conclusion that the Dry Cucumber Soda is better, due to it's low sugar content. The Mr. Q was good, but it was still just a touch too sweet.
So here it is. A simple, unassuming concoction of Cucumber soda and Hendrick's gin, to be sipped and enjoyed 'neath any tree you wish.
4 oz Dry Cucumber Soda
1 Cucumber Slice
Fine Sea Salt
Cocktail Glass (large Martini Glass)
Fill a Cocktail Shaker with ice (Cracked ice works better), the add the Hendrick's Gin and Shake to chill (I usually keep my gin in the freezer next to the vodka)