After a long week and lots of work here at Kelapo, we are glad that it is finally Friday! Happy hour is a fabulous start to kick off a good weekend. I usually don’t get out of the office in time to participate in happy hour but when I do, I like to enjoy a light, not too unhealthy mixed drink. I’m a fan of the lower calorie, you know, skinny, cocktails. My usual go-to has always been the classic Sex in the City drink, the Cosmo. Vodka, cranberry, and a splash of lime.
About a year ago, a restaurant opened up in Tampa, called Ocean Prime, and a girlfriend told me to try their Cucumber Gimlets. Gin is not a drink that I would normally choose but since the gimlet was recommended as light and crisp, almost South Beach like, I decided I’d try it. Delicious! It definitely tastes like sparkling cucumbers on the rocks. It is already pretty low-cal, as the only ingredients are gin, lime juice, simple syrup, and cucumber but here is another way to make it even more nutritious. If alcoholic drinks can be nutritious!
1.5 oz Bombay Sapphire Gin,
1 oz fresh lime juice,
1 packet Stevia or 1 oz agave nectar,
4 to 5 slices of cucumber,
2 oz soda water
Step 1: Cut 4-5 slices of cucumber and add to glass
Step 2: Add lime juice (fresh or store bought)
Step 3: Add agave or stevia but don’t add both!
Step 4: Add 1.5 oz gin
Step 5: Add 3 ice cubes and muddle all ingredients together
Step 6: Pour into glass with ice and enjoy!
Variation: Add soda water before drinking for an even lighter, refreshing drink.
Have a happy, Happy Hour enjoying your new favorite, Cucumber Gimlets!