This drink is perfect for those hot and muggy days that stretch into evening – leaving you thirsty for something cool and happy hour friendly. Our August in Minnesota has not been like that – no sticky sweaty days, and in a weird way we miss it… So, this drink is a nod to those sweltering days. It borrows flavors from Thai cuisine – bright citrus, cooling cucumber, and herbal twists of Thai basil. While it’s particularly compelling on a muggy evening, the Siam Sip is not bad in 70 degrees either!
2 shots Hendrick’s Gin
1 Large handful of ice cubes, plus more for each glass
8-10 large leaves of Thai basil cut into chiffonade, plus two stems for garnish
12-14 slices of English/Persian cucumbers (8 for shaker)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 can San Pellegrino orange soda
Add a handful of ice, gin, basil chiffonade, 8 slices of cucumber, and lemon juice to a shaker. Shake vigorously (like a Thai boxer at a dance party).
Add a few cubes of ice to two glasses. Pour half of the San Pellegrino into each glass, and top with half the icy strained goodness from the shaker. Garnish with a sprig of thai basil and a few slices of cucumber. Admire, then stir, sip, and be cooled!