Cucumber Frog – a delicious Gin Cocktail
A cocktail must be fruity, which fruit can it be today? Burke and basil? For a drink? That can’t taste at all! But it’s worth trying this extraordinary thing. What looks strange at first sight and above all sounds strange, is in reality a sensationally good gin cocktail, which should definitely be tasted! What exactly is in the Cucumber Frog? Gin, cucumber, wasabi paste and basil syrup.
Which gin and which tonic water are used for this cocktail?
Several Gins are suitable for a good Cucumber Frog. The Hendrick’s Gin is one of the top favourites. It shines with cautious bitterness and a cucumber aroma, so it’s perfect for our green cocktail. The Cornelius Ampleforth, which tastes a little more flowery, also fits wonderfully. You want the especially fresh taste? Then maybe Niemand Gin is the right one for you. The rosemary note goes perfectly with the combination of cucumber and basil!
This drink does without a tonic water, that’s why we have our basil syrup.
Additives Cucumber Frog
- 4 cl Gin
- 3 cl Lime Juice
- 3 cucumber slices
- 1/2 teaspoon wasabi paste
- 2 cl basil syrup
Preparation Cucumber Frog
- Press the cucumber slices once with the ram.
- add lemon juice, gin, wasabi and basil syrup and shake on ice.
- Shaked the mix rather more often, so that the Wasabi can dissolve itself also beautifully.
- Fill a long drink glass with ice and serve the cocktail in it.
- Garnish with cucumber slices and basil leaves.
How to make my basil syrup ?
Of course you can buy sweet syrups everywhere, but we make our own basil syrup. A few shops already offer it, but the taste is incomparable when it is freshly prepared.
The syrup consists of water, sugar and of course basil. If we assume 500 ml of water, you can plan a whole pot of fresh basil. The result will be a litre of syrup. This sounds quite little, but if you consider that you only mix a tiny amount into the cocktail, your green drink will last for a long time. Since you usually don’t need such a quantity, it’s better to take only 200 ml of water. The sugar must have the same amount, 200g. 15-20 leaves of basil are sufficientd. Heats sugar and water together in a pot until the sugar has dissolved. Then let the mixture cool down and put the basil leaves into it.
Do you have a vacuum device, super! If not, put the mixture in a freezer bag and put it in the freezer for 24 hours. After 24 hours, defrost the syrup and remove the basil leaves. It is best to mix the syrup a few days before use. When it is defrosted and can be kept in the fridge, it tastes even more aromatic.
The Wasabi is, of course, a taste of your own. If you like it hot, add a little more of the green paste. Who drinks the cocktail for the first time and doesn’t know exactly how much he likes the spice together with the gin, should dose more carefully. But the combination of fiery spiciness, fresh basil and aromatic gin makes Cucumber Frog so unmistakable!