Wondering how to make Hendrick's gin with cucumber? This short guide will teach you what are the perfect ratios for your epic drink. The first time I tried gin tonic, my cocktail was made with Hendricks. What I didn't know at the time is that this awesome spirit will become my favourite type of gin.
Hendrick's gin - the story
Hendrick's Gin is a brand of gin produced by William Grant & Sons at the Girvan distillery in Scotland. Contract to all beliefs, the gin was not invented by a Scotsman, but it is the invention of a Yorkshire native called Lesley Gracey. What strikes the most about this gin is the incredible design of the bottle. Apothecary style, it makes you feel as if this gin has been around for an eternity. Well not really, as Hendrick's gin was launched in 1999.
However, The Wall Street Journal described Hendrick's as the "Best Gin in the World" in 2003 and Mark Dawkins of Langleys's said it was "the catalyst for gin going to the next level". So while Hendrick's might not have been around for as long as the bottle makes us believe, it did have a huge impact in making gin brilliant again.
Gin is a distilled alcoholic drink which revolves around juniper berries as a common ingredient. Gin has early origins in the Middle Ages as herbal medicine, but thanks to marketing, it became a desirable alcoholic drink sold by the spirits industry.
Gin emerged in England after the induction of jenever, a Dutch and Belgian liquor. Jenever is also known as Hollands or Dutch gin. This traditional liquor is strictly regulated by the European Union which states that only Netherlands, Belgium, two northern French departments and two northwestern German federal states can use the name jenever/genever/genièvre.
The earliest known written reference to jenever appears in the 13th-century encyclopaedic work Der Naturen Bloeme (Bruges), with the earliest printed recipe for jenever dating from 16th-century work Een Constelijck Distileerboec (Antwerp). [Wikipedia]
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How to drink Hendrick's gin
Hendrick's gin uses the traditional juniper infusion, as well as Bulgarian rose and cucumber. Hendrick's itself suggests that we garnish it with cucumber instead of citrus to bring out the flavours from the gin.
To make Hendrick's gin we also recommend that you use cucumber. However, if you love your drinks to be a little more on the sour side, you can always squeeze a little bit of fresh lime into your gin tonic. While I personally prefer making Hendrick's gin with cucumber, I always add a squeeze a lime as well. Much like the classic margarita, I do prefer sour cocktails.
Hendrick's gin and tonic recipe
To make a delicious gin and tonic using Hendrick's, all you need is the gin, some tonic water, cucumber slices and a dash of freshly squeezed lime juice. Gin and tonic is known to be one of the best cocktails for those watching their weight. While the gin itself is low in calories, the tonic water can be a sugar bomb. So if you're watching your waistline, make sure you opt-in for zero tonic water.
Not all brands will have a zero-sugar option, but we do hope more of them will start introducing it.
To make your Hendrick's gin tonic with cucumber, pour a shot of gin over ice in a cocktail glass. Add a few slices of cucumber and the tonic water. You can garnish your glass with one slice of cucumber.
I think you can see from my photos that I LOVE a loooot of cucumber in my gin tonic. I just find it a lot more refreshing and exciting. Also, there's nothing better than nibbling on gin-soaked cucumber at the end.
If the idea of too much cucumber slices in your drink doesn't seem as appealing, you can use one to three cucumber slices for each gin tonic. If you like, squeeze a little lime juice in your drink and mix using a cocktail spoon.
Enjoy your gin and tonic right away.
This recipe has been developed entirely by Yuzu Bakes. Any resemblance with other recipes is purely coincidental.