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Cucumber, Lime and Coriander-Seed Gin Recipe

Nothing epitomises freshness like cucumber and lime, while the addition of coriander (cilantro) seeds gives this infusion an intriguing, slighly spicy flavour that is reminscent of both citrus peel and sage.

Makes: 700 ml (23 1/2 fl oz)
Takes: 10 minutes, plus 3 days to infuse


  • 2 cucumbers, thinly sliced lengthways
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon coriander (cilantro) seeds
  • 1-3 tablespoons
  • Simple Syrup
  • 700 ml (23 1/2 fl oz) gin


  1. Put the cucumber, lime, coriander seeds and Simple Syrup in a sterilised 1 litre (34 fl oz) glass jar or bottle and pour over the gin. Seal the jar tightly and store in a cool, dark place for 3 days, gently shaking the jar occasionally to help infuse the flavours.
  2. After 3 days, strain the gin through a fine-mesh sieve into a large jug, and discard the fruit and seeds. Strain again through a fine-mesh sieve lined with a muslin (cheesecloth) or a coffee filter. Transfer to one large or several smaller sterilized glass bottles and seal tightly.

Cocktail Tip:

  • Muddle some cucumber and lime in a highball glass with ice and a single measure (25 ml/3/4 fl oz) infused gin, then top with ginger beer for a refreshing Cucumber and Ginger Sparkle.

Also from Infused Booze:

In Infused Booze, Kathy Kordalis teaches you how to enhance your cocktails and brighten up any home bar. It’s so simple to infuse your own spirits – all that’s required is a glass bottle, your spirit of choice and a little imagination and time. Savour the decadent Cherry Gin, or take summer refreshments to the next level with Lime and Lemongrass Gin. Make your own Liquorice Whiskey for the perfect digestif or spice up your parties with Jalapeño Vodka. Most infusions take just 10 minutes to prepare and are ready to drink in just three days. Best of all, Kathy has included a bespoke cocktail for each recipe, to make sure you get the most out of your flavoured booze. With a flavoured beverage to suit any occasion, Infused Booze is full of ideas to boost your spirits.

Recipes excerpted with permission from Infused Booze: Over 60 Batched Spirits and Liqueurs to Make at Home by Kathy Kordalis, published by Hardie Grant Books, May 2018, RRP $16.99 hardcover.

  • Published on Oct 7, 2019
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