#DrinkOfTheWeek: Gin & Cucumber Smash

Cucumber Basil Smash

Last weekend I was at the Harlem Eat Up festival, and besides all that yummy food there were plenty of alcoholic samples to indulge in. One of my favorites was this Cucumber Basil Smash from Hendrick’s Gin. Of course I immediately got the recipe so I could recreate it. Again you choose the level of sweetness by adding your desired amount of simple syrup.


What you’ll need:2 oz Henrick’s Gin
​1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup

4 basil leaves
4 cucumber wheels

Muddle basil, cucumber and simple syrup. Add gin and lemon juice, shake well with ice in a shaker. Strain and pour over fresh ice. Garnish with cucumber slices and basil.


Author: Gotham Foodie

Hello there, fellow foodies! My name is Erica, I was born and raised in Germany, and moved to the US, New York City to be exact, in July of 1987. I have worked most of my time here in the Big Apple as a bartender, but my true love is food. I cook just about every day, I search for good food everywhere, and pretty much always find it. I don't consider myself a food critic, I don't have the culinary background for that kind of expertise. I do however know good food, good chefs and good restaurants. I report back about my culinary adventures, and I choose to leave out my unsatisfactory experiences. We have enough negativity in our daily lives, I don't want to add to that. All the recipes in my FROM MY KITCHEN and DOTW blogs are cooked and prepared by me. All pictures are taken by me. I don't always eat everything you see in my pictures, but you bet your buns, I do try everything. Last but not least, you should know that I am a huge Top Chef fan. I have never missed an episode of the Bravo TV show. I have at this point visited almost 20 restaurants run by Top Chef contestants, and I'm continuously impressed by their skill, drive and passion. So I will continue to seek them out, and I hope you join me in my journey!

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