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Cucumber-Basil Martini

To make this refreshing riff on a martini, chef Laurent Tourondel muddles basil and cucumber the same way he'd mash the ingredients for a mojito; then he pours in gin and a zingy mixture of ginger syrup and lime juice.


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  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
  • One 3-inch piece of cucumber—peeled, seeded and diced, plus 1 round for garnish
  • 3 basil leaves, 2 torn
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • Ice


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve the sugar in the hot water. Press the grated ginger through a fine strainer set over the bowl, releasing the juice.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the diced cucumber with the 2 torn basil leaves. Add the ginger syrup, gin, lime juice and a handful of ice. Shake well, then strain into a martini glass. Garnish the martini with the cucumber slice and the remaining whole basil leaf and serve.
Contributed By Published July 2007

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