This past week has been filled with many hours spent contemplating a serious life decision. As with many things in life the concern I had was, “will I have enough money to make this decision”? It’s unfortunate that some many decisions in life, for all of us, come down to this question. What’s more unfortunates is that the answer is often “no”. On top of financials my other concern was if taking a gamble to build my career is worth giving up my dreams of travel for possibly years. In an effort to clear and clam my mind I decided to make a little drink using my new Nick & Nora glasses. Currently, I have an abundance of cucumbers in my garden and my lemon thyme has been growing like crazy in the warm weather. Combined with gin, elderflower liqueur, and pear brandy they made a delightfully refreshing cocktail! I always try to put in as much effort in to my life as I do in to mixing a cocktail and it can be hard waiting for it to pay off. At least with a cocktail I know in 2 seconds if my efforts worked or not, but with life it can be quite the waiting game. Luckily, you now have the cocktail to fill in the time and enjoy!
3 Cucumber Slices; peeled and seeded
2 Sprigs Fresh Lemon Thyme
1 Bar Spoon of Honey
0.5oz Fresh Lime Juice
0.5oz Elderflower Liqueur
0.5oz Pear Brandy
Garnish: Lime Slice and Lemon Thyme Sprig
Grab a cocktail shaker and add cucumbers, lemon thyme sans stems, honey, and lime juice. Gently muddle and then fill the shaker with ice. Pour in gin, elderflower liqueur, and brandy. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds before double straining in to a Nick & Nora Glass. Garnish with lime slice and lemon thyme sprig. Enjoy!
Notes: I used Armenian Cucumbers from my backyard and that is why I peeled and seeded them. If you used Persian or English cumbers, the skins are thin and seeds very small that you wouldn’t need to. You can use a Coup Glass or Martini Glass instead of Nick and Nora if you choose. When buying Pear Brand make sure to avoid schnapps because you don’t want any added sugar. If you don’t mind bits of lemon thyme or cucumber floating in your cup you don’t have to take the extra precaution of double straining.