Cocktail of the week: Salt and Pepper gin cups

written by Melina

It’s no secret that here at Hel’s Angels, we are very partial to gin.

It is a spirit that is very much in fashion right now, with many small labels and distilleries popping up around the UK, each with their own delicious twist on the drink. The London No.1 Gin, Sipsmith and No.3 are three very different but very tasty brands that spring to mind. Alongside the variety of gins there are many recipes springing up around the net that put a twist on classic gin based drinks, and today we’ve got one for you that took our fancy – Cucumber Gin Salt and Pepper Cups, via the lovely Joy The Baker (On a side note, this woman is a baking genius – whilst you’re on her site it is very worth checking out her recipes).

We like to think of this drink as a goodbye to summer, with the refreshing cucumber and salt and pepper garnish cutting through the sweetness of the lime and sugar syrup. If you’ve got a juicer, making cucumber juice is a cinch – if not, you can blend cucumber flesh in a food processor and leave it to drain in a sieve. Slightly more time consuming, but worth it, we promise!

Cucumber Gin Salt and Pepper Cups, via Joy The Baker

serves 4

lots of ice

1 cup gin

1 cup cucumber juice

1/2 cup lime juice

1/3 cup simple sugar syrup

2 cups sparkling water

sliced cucumber rounds

coarse sea salt

cracked black peppercorns

In a large glass pitcher filled with ice, stir together gin, cucumber juice, lime juice, and simple syrup.  Stir until combined and chilled.  Stir in sparkling water.  Pour over ice and garnish with cucumber slices, and a sprinkling of salt and pepper.  Serve immediately.