This Aloe-ha Ocean Breeze gin and tonic, aka Cucumber Gin and Tonic, is the freshest of cocktails like an ocean breeze on a warm sunny day. It is not too sweet, it is flavored with aloe vera, cucumber juice, and optionally lychee nectar.
It gets its beautiful ocean color from the combination of blue spirulina and cucumber juice. Garnish with Hawaiian flowers like the hibiscus and it will take you straight to the tropical island of your dreams. Sounds dramatic? Maybe. Maybe not.
Why you'll love it
You'll love it if you want a cocktail that is
- Not overly sweet
- Low in calories
- Extremely refreshing
- Looks fancy
- But it is actually easy to make
- And can be made by the pitcher!
Truth be told, I love a sweet and sour cocktail, like a mojito, apricot rosemary gin fizz, or lavender bee's knees. But sometimes, either to cut through the sweetness of all the other cocktails you've had (no judgment) or just simply not craving something sweet today, I want a cucumber gin and tonic.
Do you need any more reasons to make this fun cocktail? If you crave the ocean, (if you've lived by the sea, you know that urgent feeling sometimes hits you), you can make do with this ocean breeze cocktail. The best thing, of course, would be to enjoy this on the beach!
- Gin - wouldn't be a gin and tonic without the gin
- Tonic water - and the tonic. For the best gins and tonics, head to the Recipe FAQs
- Cucumber juice - doesn't get more refreshing than cool cucumbers in the summer. Hence why I love this pomegranate and cucumber vodka lemonade too!
- Aloe vera juice - you can make your own aloe vera juice or just buy it. I buy it as the aloe vera plant isn't common in Norway
- Blue spirulina powder - just for the color of the drink. But it doesn't hurt that it is considered a superfood!
- Lychee nectar - I wanted a floral note to this Ocean Breeze G&T, and lychee is an easy way of getting that. If you want the cocktail to be a little sweeter, lychee nectar is the way to go, but omit it if you want a strictly un-sweet cocktail.
First, we'll make the cucumber juice (and aloe vera juice if you make it from scratch). There are three easy ways of making cucumber juice. First, you need to wash the cucumber.
- Option #1: Cut the cucumber into smaller pieces and juice it in your juicer. This is by far the easiest!
- Option #2: Cut the cucumber into smaller pieces and blend it in your blender. You may need to add some water to help it along. Strain the mixture.
- Option #3: Grate the cucumber and squeeze it over a bowl with a sieve on top to ensure no cucumber bits follow. For a more thorough explanation, head over to Alpha Foodie's cucumber juice recipe. The leftover pulp is great to use in tzatziki or raita!
Now add equal parts cucumber juice and aloe vera juice to your blender (1), along with blue spirulina powder (2) and lychee nectar if using. Blend until all is smooth and let it sit for about 5 minutes (3-4). This will separate the juice from the foam a bit.
In a tall glass, add ice cubes and gin. Then pour in 1 ½ oz (3 tbsp) of the blue juice (5). Hold a spoon over the foam if you want to avoid it. Pour in tonic water. You can also spoon some extra foam on top of the cocktail for a fun ocean foam effect (6).
The juice can be stored in the refrigerator for about 1-2 days, but I would blend it again before using it as the blue spirulina sinks to the bottom. It is, however, best right away.
The standard G&T serving size
A cocktail serving size is often made with 1 ½ oz (3 tbsp) of spirits. In this case, it's gin. And then the serving size will depend on how much tonic water you would want for 1 ½ oz of gin!
The ratio of the best gin and tonic
This comes down to your own preferences. In this recipe, I use 1 part gin, 2 parts tonic water, and 1 part cucumber aloe vera juice. So, you could say, 1 part gin and 3 parts tonic is my best dilution.
The best gin to use
Different types and brands of gin can work better for certain cocktails, check this best gins guide for more information. I personally always use Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin as I think it is a great overall gin for a relatively affordable price tag. This guide also highlights that gin for the best Gin and Tonics, so there you go!
The best tonic water
It really depends on your own preferences and availability. The biggest differences in tonics are crispness or freshness, spice, bitterness, and sweetness. However, the size of the bubbles also alters the cocktail. Larger bubbles give a very refreshing mouthfeel, but some might find it too much.
I often use the classic Indian tonic water from Schweppes as it is not overpowering at all and it's available everywhere here. However, if I want to splurge, other great options are Fever-Tree with a good balance between bitterness and freshness, and Schweppes Heritage, designed for G&Ts.
Extra sweetness without lychee
Sometimes lychee nectar is unavailable. I use a can of Foco Lychee Nectar, and I buy it at the Asian grocery store here. It can also be available at larger grocery stores. If you can't find lychee nectar, you can use any other sweetener. Lavender honey is a great option or you can use just simple syrup.
When using straight-up sweeteners and not a juice, I would recommend starting small and adding 1 tablespoon honey/syrup and adjusting as you go.
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