Sumo Cucumber Collins
Serves: 2 cocktails
  • 14 slices of cucumber, peeled and sliced as thinly as possible
  • 4½ ounces fresh lemon juice (about 1½ lemons)
  • 3 ounces simple syrup (1 cup sugar + 1 cup water; directions follow)
  • 6 ounces gin (I recommend Hendrick's)
  • lots of ice
  • 6 ounces club soda or seltzer water
  • cucumber and/or lemon slices, for garnish
  • mint sprig, for garnish
  1. Firstly, simple syrup is very easy to make - it just takes a little preparation, as it needs to be relatively cool, or at least room temperature, before you add it to the cocktail. In a small, heavy-bottomed pot, stir together 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then stir until the sugar is fully dissolved. Remove from heat and pour into a heat-safe bowl or container. Place in the fridge (or freezer, if you are impatient like me) until no longer hot. You can keep any extra simple syrup in an airtight container or squeeze bottle for up to a month.
  2. Peel your cucumber and slice paper thin. Place the slices in the bottom of a shaker and muddle with a pestle or heavy wooden spoon. Add in the lemon juice, simple syrup, and gin. Fill to the top with ice, and shake for 30-60 seconds, until cold and well mixed. Fill 2 glasses with ice, and, using a strainer, pour the drink into the glasses. Garnish with a sprig of mint, a cucumber slice, and/or a lemon slice. Serve immediately. This can easily be made in a large jug (just stir instead of shaking and only add ice before serving) for parties!
Adapted From
Recipe by The Crepes of Wrath at