Ruben's Cooler No. 2
Damon Boelte was aiming for something simple and accessible when he concocted this extremely refreshing, very British cooler. "Like a traditional Pimm's Cup, this recipe works well with other spirits, including bourbon, rum, and tequila," he says. "You have my permission to experiment." St-Germain liqueur, made from Alpine elderflowers, brings a floral note.
- 2 cup thinly sliced unpeeled cucumber
- 2.5 cup Hendrick's gin
- 1.25 cup St-Germain liqueur
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1.5 cup club soda
- Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange cucumber slices in single layer on prepared sheet. Freeze until solid, about 1 hour. DO AHEAD Can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and keep frozen.
- Combine gin, liqueur, lemon juice, salt, and 2 cups ice in a large pitcher. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours. Stir club soda and frozen cucumber slices into pitcher. Fill 12-ounce highball glasses with ice. Pour cocktail into glasses and serve.