Our friend John, world traveler and mixologist par excellence, never ceases to amaze me with the fantastic cocktails he introduces us to. My new favorite is called ‘The Porch Swing’. The use of paper-thin cucumbers is a cool and attractive touch. Try it while it’s still warm outside!
1 1/2 oz. Gin (Hendrick’s) 1 1/2 oz. Pimm’s No. 1 4 oz. of Blue Smoke lemonade* 5 thin cucumber slices, cut into 10 half-moons
a splash of 7-UP or other lemon soda
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add gin, Pimm’s and lemonade and shake vigorously until the shaker is cold to the touch. Strain into ice-filled glasses, add cucumbers, as shown in the picture, top with 7-UP.
*Blue Smoke Lemonade
2 parts lemon juice 2 parts water 1 part simple syrup
You can make or buy the simple syrup. Basically you boil 1 part (cup) sugar in 1 part water. Makes about 1 1/2 cups syrup.