Hendrick's Gin celebrates World Cucumber Day with unusual cocktail recipes and a special giveaway
There is a day for everything, literally. Just like how plebeians like us own our birth date, inanimate things too have the same privilege. Fun fact: 4 April is National Vitamin C Day and 6 August is International Beer Day. Just around the corner? 14 June marks World Cucumber Day.
We use cucumbers so often in our food and beverages, to the point that we might have underestimated how essential the humble fruit is. Rightfully so, Hendrick's Gin honours it in the best way, by dedicating a day each year to celebrate World Cucumber Day on 14 June. Reason being that Hendrick's Gin wouldn't be what it is today, without the cucumber. The Scottish gin's distillation process mainly comprises of the marvelous infusion of both rose and cucumber, which yields an exceptionally smooth mouthfeel, one of lightness and complexity. Once you've successfully made yourself a tall glass of Hendrick's & Tonic, adding a cucumber slice, cube, or tongue to a tall glass of Hendrick's & Tonic would further elevate the drink, by unfurling the full potential of elegant flavours within the gin itself.
It's a whimsical feeling, to commemorate this peculiar hero item from Hendrick's Gin, more fitting with a Hendrick's & Tonic in hand. So on that note, Southeast Asia Brand Ambassador for Hendrick's Gin, Charmaine Thio has come up with three cocktail recipes, each spiked with a clever twist — all of which, far from the ordinary.
Fresh and Fizzy
- 45ml Hendrick's Gin
- 3 slices of cucumber
- 8 mint leaves
Add ingredients into a highball glass. Gently muddle the mint and cucumber. Add ice, top up with tonic water and stir gently. Garnish with cucumber slice and mint sprig
"Gin and tonics are delicious as they are but muddling some fresh fruits or herbs into your classic gin and tonic combo is a super simple way to elevate your G&T experience at home. I personally like the cucumber and mint pairing as it makes for an exceedingly refreshing twist to the classic Hendrick's and Tonic without vastly changing the flavour profile of our signature serve."
- 45ml Hendrick's Gin
- 60ml Coconut Water
- 7.5ml Lemon Juice
Add all ingredients into a highball glass filled with ice. Top up with tonic water and stir gently. Garnish with a slice of lemon and cucumber.
"Coconut water and Hendrick's Gin already make for such a refreshing pair. Add a little squeeze of lemon and a big splash of tonic water and you have yourself a jazzied up Hendrick's & Tonic that's a perfect sipper for beating the heat!"
Supersonic Hendrick's Gin & Tonic
- 50ml Hendrick's Gin
- 25ml Fresh Espresso
- 5ml Sugar or Honey
Add all ingredients into a highball glass filled with ice. Top up with tonic water and stir gently. Garnish with 3 slices of cucumber.
"This particular twist on the Hendrick's & Tonic is particularly memorable to me as it was the cocktail I was drinking when I met all the other Hendrick's Gin ambassadors from around the world for the very first time. Initially I thought the combination of espresso and gin was slightly outrageous but outrageous turned out to also be exceedingly delicious in this supercharged Hendrick's & Tonic."
Additional tips that will go a long way:
- Get ice moulds that let you freeze larger cubes of ice for your G&Ts. This will keep your drinks cold but won't dilute your drink as quickly.
- Use good quality tonic water.
- Stir your G&Ts gently. If you churn the drink like butter you risk losing the effervescence and no one likes a flat G&T.
World Cucumber Day contest and giveaway:
While we celebrate the occasion with some DIY cocktails, Hendrick's Gin is launching a contest for the almighty cucumber. Taking place from 14 to 21 June, enter the augmented reality realm over on Thio's Instagram @crazycocktailcat where an augmented reality (AR) filter awaits.
Here's where the fun happens: wander the Hendrick's universe in search of a special cucumber, capture a selfie with it, and post it on your Instagram Stories tagging @hendricksginsea. The five most creative submissions will win a crate full of Hendrick's & Tonic essentials*. One that any self-respecting imbiber would be happy with.*Contest begins on 14 June and ends on 21 June, winners will be contacted via DM on 22 June. T&Cs apply.
Thirsty for that Hendrick's & Tonic? Snag a special edition World Cucumber Day bundle, available for delivery at RedMart, Pandamart, The 1887 Bar on GrabMart, LazMall, Shopee, Alcohol Delivery and Paneco, whilst stocks last. Each bundle includes a 700ml bottle of Hendrick's Gin, complimentary Tonic Water and Hendrick's Gin recipe cards. Of course, a Hendrick's & Tonic is not complete without cucumbers. Order yours from Foodpanda and RedMart, dressed for the occasion with special World Cucumber Day sleeves whilst stocks last.