It’s hard to believe that our trip to Italy was two months ago. We have done little things around the home to keep the magic and romance of Italy alive. We have a coffee table book from our stay in Tuscany for browsing inspiration.  We shipped back a year’s supply of olive oils; truffle, garlic, porcini, lemon.  We even planted purple and coral bougainvilleas in our garden to remind us of the dramatic cliffside gardens of Postiano. But my favorite thing we have been doing is using our limoncello we brought back from Sorrento to make cocktails with fresh ingredients from our summer garden.  The result is this lemoncello gin collins complete with cucumbers and mint from the garden.  Gin and cucumber go so well together, and I happen to have an insane amount of cucumbers growing the garden as I have ambitious plans of learning to pickle them and enjoying throughout the winter.  But it the meantime, I am harvesting at least a cucumber a day. And so this cocktail was born. The local gin, with homegrown ingredients, marrys so well to the limoncello.  And the little splash of limoncello makes my heart sing every time. An echo in the memory of the Amalfi coastline.

Cheers to summer, to gardens’ abundant offerings, to magical adventures, and enjoying it all with dear friends!!

The Palette. Gin, limoncello, lemon, mint and cucumber.

The Palette. Gin, limoncello, lemon, mint and cucumber.

Favorite place to drink my new favorite cocktail? On the rooftop patio.

Favorite place to drink my new favorite cocktail? On the rooftop patio.

  

Cucumber harvesting with my bougainvilleas in the background.  Love the vibrant purple!!

Cucumber harvesting with my bougainvilleas in the background.  Love the vibrant purple!!

Limoncello Gin Collins

Makes two.

  • 4 ounces of gin
  • 2 ounces of limoncello
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  • handful of mint, with some sprigs for garnishing.
  • half a lemon, cut into wheels.
  • club soda

In a shaker, put cucumber and mint with limoncello and muddle.  Add gin and ice. Stir well. Then strain gin and limoncello mixture into glasses full on ice. Top each one off with club soda to taste. I like a decent amount of club soda as it’s so refreshing, but my husband prefers barely a splash so it is more of a martini on the rocks. Garnish with more mint, and a few lemon wheels and cucumber wheels for garnish. I like to squeeze the lemon into my cocktail. It’s all preference. This drink it a spirit forward which still allows for you to taste the flavor profile of the gin.  If you prefer, you can mix a little more limoncello in if you would like it sweeter.

 

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