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March means 2 things: St Patrick’s Day and spring! A classic gin & tonic is the perfect springtime cocktail for its light, herbal flavor. As is the case with most classics, I like to put a special twist on my G & T, so I teamed up with Truvia to share a delicate cucumber infused simple syrup that’s perfect for spring — with wayyy fewer calories!
About a year ago, I started a daily journal cataloging all of my meals and drinks so I could see what I was really putting into my body. Turns out, my white sugar intake was a bit, ummm, high. I’ve cut back over the months, but still crave that sweetness. Truvia is the perfect option for me because it’s a natural way for me to get that sweetness that I crave without losing any flavor, plus it’s zero calorie. So even if I indulge in a cocktail, I’m not totally going totally overboard.
My obsession with fancy ice cubes continues! How pretty are these? Plus, as the ice melts, your drink will infuse more and more with the delicate flavor of cucumber.
Cucumber Infused Gin & Tonic
- 2 oz gin
- 4 oz tonic
- 1/2 oz elderflower liqueur (optional)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tablespoon Truvia Natural Sweetener
- 1 cucumber
- the juice of 1/2 lime
Wash and dry cucumber, then cut half of it into small cubes, about 1/4 inch. Place into ice cube tray (I like this one that makes large cubes) and fill with water. Freeze over night.
To make the cucumber simple syrup, cut remaining cucumber into 6 slices. In a small saucepan, combine water and Truvia Natural Sweetener over medium heat. Whisk until all of the sweetener has dissolved. Add cucumber slices and continue heating on medium for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool before storing in an airtight container. This will last about 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
To make your cocktail, add fancy cucumber ice to a glass and pour gin, tonic, and lime juice over the top. If you want something a bit sweet, add the elderflower liqueur. Garnish with mint and a lime wedge.
I love this cocktail for casual entertaining, maybe if my girlfriends come to my studio for a happy hour or to my house for lazy Sunday brunch. I find that it’s refreshing and really delicate, just like spring!
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