Cucumber basil gimlet

  • 15 mins preparation
  • Makes 5 Cup
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Cucumber basil gimlet
  • 1 1/4 cup (275g) caster sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup firmly packed fresh basil leaves
  • 5 (650g) lebanese cucumbers, coarsely chopped, plus 1 extra, thinly sliced lengthways
  • 700 millilitre gin, chilled
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) strained lime juice
  • crushed ice


Cucumber basil gimlet
  • 1
    Process sugar, 1 cup basil and chopped cucumber in a food processor until smooth.
  • 2
    Fill a large jug one-third full with crushed ice. Strain cucumber mixture through a fine sieve into jug, pushing down on solids to extract all liquid.
  • 3
    Add gin and juice; stir well to combine. Top with remaining basil and sliced cucumber to serve.


Use a vegetable peeler to thinly slice the cucumber lengthways.

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