Cucumber gin and tonic

Jill Dupleix
Cucumber G&T.
Cucumber G&T. Photo: William Meppem

What could be more summery and celebratory than an icy-cold, minty, cucumber-green G&T? A bunch of odd-sized jars make great glasses-you-don't-have-to-worry-about. And don't forget the ice.


500g unpeeled, unwaxed cucumber

10 leaves mint, chopped, plus 4 sprigs

1 tbsp castor sugar

180ml gin

ice and chilled tonic water for serving


Finely cut 20 slices of cucumber, and roughly chop the remaining cucumber.

Whiz the chopped cucumber in a high-speed blender with the chopped mint, sugar and gin.

Strain through a sieve into a jar or jug, add the sliced cucumber, and refrigerate until needed.

To serve, pour over ice, add the sliced cucumber and a sprig of mint, and top with tonic water to taste.