Cocktail Competition Night

I was invited to a cocktail night at a friend’s house recently.  There were 7 couples attending and the idea was that each couple has to come up with a cocktail for everyone to drink.  This time each couple was sharing a drink cos after the last cocktail competition night, we thought that it would be more sensible to share!  Each cocktail will be judged by taste and presentation.  And the host will decide the winner/loser prize.

I (aka my husband and I ) have decided to make a cucumber gin cocktail and also a gin and tonic jelly.  Both cocktails are gin based as I love gin.  You can find the recipes for both cocktails below –

Cucumber and Gin Cocktail

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INGREDIENTS
  • 3 large cucumbers
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary, plus 4 sprigs for garnish
  • 200ml cup water
  • 175ml ml gin
  • 100ml cup lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons sugar cane syrup,
  • Edible flowers optional

Please note that the above measurement are approximate.

PREPARATION
  1. Peel and chop the cucumber; transfer to a food processor, add rosemary and puree. Pour the puree through a fine-mesh strainer set over a medium bowl or large measuring cup. Press on the solids to extract all the juice. Add water, gin, lime juice and syrup to the cucumber juice; stir until the syrup is dissolved. Divide among 4 ice-filled glasses. Garnish with cucumber slices and edible flower.
Gin and Tonic Jelly

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Based on Nigella’s recipe but I have put the jelly into individual mold instead.  I also added the edible flowers before putting them into the fridge to set.

You can find the recipe here – http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/gin-and-tonic-jelly-154
Btw, we didnt win but still it was a good night and there will be another one soon!!!

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