Cocktails Gin Pairings

Cucumber Bee’s Knees

This simple cocktail really lets your gin shine.

This simple gin and citrus cocktail pairs beautifully with food. If you love citrus as much as I do, I highly recommend using a citrus-forward gin to enhance the brightness of this drink. I used Tanqueray Rangpur, which is made with Rangpur limes and has hints of mandarin orange. I really loved the added citrus in this cocktail but I think lots of different gins would work well in this one.


Cucumber Bee’s Knees

Yields: 2 cocktails


  • 6 cucumber slices
  • 1 1/2 oz honey syrup (3:1 honey to hot water)
  • 2 oz fresh lemon juice (2 medium lemons)
  • 4 oz Tanqueray Rangpur or gin of choice


Muddle cucumber and honey syrup in a cocktail tin. Add lemon juice, gin and ice to the tin. Shake vigorously until the outside of the tin is chilled. Strain into 2 glasses.



Pair Your Cocktail With


Pair your cocktail with Lemon-Marinated Zucchini and Shrimp Crostini. When pairing, first take a sip of your cocktail then a bite of your appetizer. Take one more sip of your cocktail to see what the flavors of the food bring out in your cocktail. The citrus-forward cocktail will brighten and enhance the shrimp, just like a squeeze of lemon does!




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