If you’re anything like us, National Cucumber Day always sneaks up on you. But it’s officially here, Tuesday, June 14, 2016, so you’re going to need a drink with which to properly celebrate this refreshing and delightful fruit (yes, it’s a fruit!).

Look no further than the ultimate cucumber cocktail, the Cucumber Basil Smash. Made with gin (ideally Hendrick’s gin, which is itself infused with cucumber), the Cucumber Basil Smash is a cinch to make and can be enjoyed throughout the summer. Here’s the recipe:

The Cucumber Basil Smash

Created by the Hendrick’s National Brand Ambassador, Jim Ryan

Ingredients:

1.5 parts gin (ideally Hendrick’s)

.75 part fresh lemon juice

.75 part simple syrup

One small bunch of basil (3-5 leaves)

3-5 cucumber wheels

 

Method: In a mixing glass, muddle basil, cucumber and simple syrup. Add gin, lemon juice and ice. Shake well and fine strain into an iced double rocks glass. Garnish with a bunch of basil and a cucumber wheel.

For a full list of cocktail recipes and more information on all the merriment of Cucumber Day, visit CucumberDay.com