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Cucumber Basil Martini

I ordered a Cucumber Basil Martini at the Mayan Kitchen restaurant in Chattanooga and knew instantly I’d have to recreate it at home.

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We recently had the opportunity to spend the weekend in Chattanooga, TN.

What a fantastic town!

Straddling the Tennessee River with sweeping views, Chattanooga has the right mix of adventure, culture, good eats (and drinks), nightlife, history, and natural beauty (aka sunrises that are worth getting up for).

Did I mention that Chattanooga has one of the world’s longest pedestrian bridges, placed precisely between the early-morning sunrises and end-of-day sunsets.

You all know I’m a sucker for fresh herbs. So when fresh basil is muddled with cucumber…my hand is raised high.

This cocktail has the right combination of fresh bright flavors.

When it comes to describing these two liquors, who better than the brands themselves.

“Meet the delightfully peculiar Hendrick’s Gin – a most unusual premium gin distilled in Scotland with curious, yet marvellous, infusions of cucumber & rose.”

Paired withSt-Germain, the new elderflower liqueur created in the artisanal French manner from freshly-picked hand-picked elderflower blossoms.”

Now add freshly muddled cucumber and basil leaves, a touch of simple syrup, a squeeze of fresh lemon & lime juice – shaken with ice and strained into a chilled martini glass.

This Cucumber Basil Martini is Summer Thyme Sipping perfection!

My most favorite Chattanooga Street Mural!

Cheers to the weekend!

And to a time when we can all move freely about the country!!

Until then, I’ve shared a couple extra pics from Chattanooga below.

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All my best,
xo Libby

Cucumber Basil Martini

You all know I'm a sucker for fresh herbs, so when fresh basil is muddled with cucumber my hand is raised high.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 1


  • 3-4 slices cucumber skin on is fine
  • 3-4 fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce St-Germain Liqueur
  • 2 ounces Hendrick's Gin
  • 1 squeeze fresh lemon juice about 1/2 ounce
  • 1 squeeze fresh lime juice about 1/2 ounce
  • ice to shake
  • fresh basil and cucumber to garnish


  • Chill cocktail/martini glass. Muddle the cucumber and fresh basil in a cocktail shaker. Add remaining ingredients and ice. Shake until well chilled. Pour through a fine strainer into cocktail glass. Garnish with a thin slice of cucumber and piece of fresh basil. Enjoy!
Hang gliding off Lookout Mountain. What a rush!
Ruby Falls Caves and Waterfalls.
Southern Belle Riverboat on the Tennessee River.
The street art is alive in Chattanooga!

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