Spirit Scene: Gin and Tonic with Cucumber and Lime

Gin and Tonic is my drink of choice and is generally a refreshing summer drink, but can be consumed any time of year. Tonic water once contained a large amount of quinine and was originally used to prevent malaria, but now with much less quinine it’s the perfect accompaniment to gin, providing a distinctive bitter flavour. The addition of fresh cucumber gives it an additional dimension of flavour, and along with the tang of the lime is the perfect drink to wipe away the winter blues.


60 ml of gin (I used Hendrick’s but your favourite gin is fine)

cold tonic water

1 lime sliced into wedges

4 thin strips of cucumber (use a peeler)


(serves 2)

Place ice cubes in the two glasses, and pour the gin over. You can add more or less gin to taste.

Add tonic water and squeeze in fresh lime and add the lime wedge, then fold the ribbons of cucumber and add to the glass.

Top with tonic water if required.

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About Anna-Maria Megalogenis 166 Articles
Anna-Maria has been writing for Street Press in Melbourne and Sydney for over 20 years. She is passionate about food, music and the arts, is an avid reader and used to hand write reviews for Beat Magazine at the Great Britain Hotel, where a patron once suggested she was ripping off articles in Rolling Stone magazine.

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