A wonderfully refreshing cocktail made with homemade cucumber gin, fresh mint and lime juice, topped up with champagne or prosecco. The perfect summer cocktail!
For the Homemade Cucumber Gin:
2 cucumbers, with peel
70cl gin (I used Gordons, you can use your favourite brand, just as long as it's good quality)
A a large bottle/jar, approx 1 litre capacity
For the French 75:
75ml cucumber gin
7-10 fresh mint leaves
60ml/4 tbsp lime juice (about 2 limes)
500ml Champagne/Prosecco/Sparkling wine
You'll also need:
An iced cocktail shaker (i.e. stick it in the freezer for 10 minutes)
2 iced sours or hi-ball glasses
Fresh mint leaves and cucumber slices to garnish
To make the cucumber gin:
Slice the cucumber into thin slices, about the size you'd slice for a sandwich, leave the peel on. Put all the sliced cucumber in your large jar/bottle. Pour over the gin, make sure all the cucumber is covered - if you have too much cucumber, take some out, because as long as it's covered in gin it won't spoil. Seal tightly and store in a cool, dark place for at least three weeks. You can leave it as long as you like.
When you're ready to use it, strain it through a fine mesh sieve twice and store in a tightly sealed bottle or jar with the rest of your spirits and liquors.
To make the French 75:
Put your gin, mint leaves and lime juice in your iced shaker. Use a muddler (or wooden spoon) to mix and crush the mint so it releases all it's flavour. Strain into two iced sours or hi ball glasses.
Pour 250ml Champagne/Prosecco into each glass, add some mint leaves and fresh slices of cucumber to garnish.
Usually a French 75 would have simple syrup to add sweetness, but the refreshing nature of the cucumber negates the need for this. If you want it less sour though, just reduce the amount of lime juice used.
Use less or more mint according to your tastes. I found 10 leaves perfect.
Recipe by A Tipsy Giraffe at https://www.atipsygiraffe.com/cucumber-mint-french-75-aka-diamond-gin-fizz/