Hello friends! We are enjoying Spring in full bloom. Our flowers are blooming, the lawn is turning green, and our trees have bright leaves and buds. We know that some of our readers in the Midwest are longing for Spring, but they are still dealing with Winter. This week’s light and fresh beverage will have you feeling like it’s Spring in no time.
You may notice that we are introducing a new spirit into our Blind Pig repertoire. Our newest member is Malfy Gin. This yummy spirit comes to us via the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Malfy Gin is one of the only true Italian gins. Although most people think gin originated in England, its true beginnings were in Italy. The Amalfi Coast is one our favorite spots to visit in the whole world. We stayed in the village of Sorrento in an refurbished castle. We had the most amazing pizza in Sorrento in a little outdoor cafe. Our photos were from the pre-digitized photo generation, so we found this photo to help get you in the mood.
The Cucumber Gin Spritz is a light, refreshing drink made with Malfy gin, prosecco and club soda. The added crisp freshness of muddled cucumber and a cucumber ribbon around the circumference of the glass gives the drink a cooling and energizing zip.
Although the Cucumber Gin Spritz takes a little more effort than many of our other recipes, there is no need to worry. It’s not too difficult.
To start, cut 5 round slices from the cucumber to muddle in your shaker. Shave a long thin ribbon of the cucumber to save as a garnish for later.
If you don’t have any simple syrup on hand, you will want to make some of your own. We gave you some recipes for simple syrup in our Mojito post.
After muddling the cucumber, add 1 ounce of gin, 1/2 simple syrup and ice to the shaker. Shake. Strain the mixture into a serving glass. We used our bar strainer, but you may want to use a strainer with a thinner mesh.
Top off with about 4 ounces of Prosecco and add a splash of club soda. Ahhhhhh! So tasty! So easy! So fresh!
Cucumber Gin Spritz
- 1 ounce Malfy Gin
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 4 ounces of Prosecco
- splash of club soda
- 4 slices of cucumber
- 1 ribbon slice of cucumber for garnish
- Shave long thin ribbon of cucumber and 4-5 slices. Set ribbon aside for garnish. Muddle slices on bottom of a shaker. Add gin, simple syrup and ice. Shake. Add cucumber ribbon to circumference of glass. Strain mixture into serving glass. Add Prosecco and top off with a splash of club soda.
What do you think? Are you ready to celebrate Spring on a patio with a refreshing Cucumber Gin Spritz? Perhaps you should give it a try.
Disclaimer: The beverages on this site are meant for adults 21 years old and older. We do not condone underage drinking. Never drink and drive.