My favorite cocktail is a gin and tonic. But sometimes, even if I use extra-fancy tonic water and good gin, it feels like it just needs a little bit more. Sure, a lime will do, but what about something a touch different? Something that could transform it into a party-ready cocktail rather than the quiet cocktail I sip on Sunday evenings. The answer to this dilemma is a slew of cucumbers — oh, and a big ol' pitcher so that it can be batched and served up to whatever thirsty crowd you happen to invite over.
Cool as a Cucumber
Icy-cold gin and tonics are extra refreshing in their most classic form, but add muddled cucumbers to the mix and they are even more so. The cucumbers add a fresh, green bite to the drink that complements gin's herbal flavor and tonic's gentle bitterness. Tossing all three ingredients into a pitcher means you've got a cocktail that is party-ready — all you need is a handful of ice-filled glasses for your friends to grab from and serve themselves with.
3-Ingredient Pitcher Cocktails
If you're looking to serve up festive cocktails to the crowd at your next gathering, be it an impromptu happy hour or a backyard bash, know that it's as easy as three ingredients and your largest pitcher. That's all it takes to kick off the party.
Cucumber Gin & Tonic Pitcher Cocktail
1 large cucumber, sliced
1 1/2 cups gin
1 liter tonic water, chilled
Muddle the cucumbers in a pitcher. Add the gin and tonic water, give it a gentle stir, and serve in ice-filled glasses.