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Patio Sipper: Cucumber, Gin and Rose Cocktail

This refreshingly boozy patio sipper is essentially Hendricks Gin, the cocktail. It's got a little rose water, a little fresh juiced English cucumber and a few unusual ingredients to spice things up.

I'm not typically a fan of cucumbers in food—they strike me as more filler than delicious—but I've always enjoyed them in a drink, whether it's ice water or a fizzy summer cocktail. This drink isn't bubbly, but it certainly is summery, stunningly green and, like most of my favorite cocktails, potent. Here's the recipe:

Cucumber, Gin and Rose Cocktail:

-2 ounces Tanqueray Gin (the best, IMHO)

-1/3 cup English cucumber juice (use a juicer)

-Juice from 1/2 to 1 lime

-A couple drops of Rose Water (go easy on this stuff, it's quite perfumey)

-1-2 Tsp Indian-spiced syrup (depends how sweet you like it, recipe below)

-Fresh rose petals for garnish

Shake all ingredients over ice. Taste to make sure it's sweet and/or sour to your liking and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a couple of fresh rose petals.

Indian Spiced Simple Syrup:

-1/4 cup sugar

-1/4 cup water

-5 whole cloves

-3 star anise seeds

-10 black peppercorns

Place all ingredients in a small pot and bring to a simmer, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Turn off the heat and let the spices mingle with the simple syrup for 5 minutes. Strain off the spices and pour the simple syrup into a small mason jar.

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