I’d say the gimlet is are a swank cocktail. Steep your gin in cucumber and it’s a cool cocktail too.
- 2½ cup thinly sliced cucumber, plus more for garnish
- 4½ cup gin
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup mint leaves, lightly packed plus more for garnish
- 2¼ cup fresh lime juice
- 2 slice lime and/or cucumber, as garnish
Steep 2 ½ cups cucumber slices in 4 ½ cups gin, covered and chilled for at least 8 hours and up to 4 days. Strain; store indefinitely in the refrigerator.
Heat 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water over medium-high heat, stirring until dissolved. Add 1 cup mint leaves; remove from heat. Cover; steep 30 minutes to 1 hour. Strain; discard mint. Refrigerate up to 2 months.
In a 2‑quart pitcher, stir gin, simple syrup and lime juice. Refrigerate.
To serve, pour individual servings into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake vigorously, and strain into an ice-filled double old-fashioned glass. Garnish with cucumber and/or lime slices and mint. Repeat for additional cocktails.