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Hendricks Cucumber Gin

Hendricks Cucumber Gin

Beyond the Books

Today, I have the honour of introducing Outlander Kitchen’s next guest post!  From Outlander fan and OK friend, Kate Johnston.

And what better topic, so close to the weekend — especially when there’s a guest in the kitchen — than Scottish booze?!

Alas, Kate is taking a different turn today, instead of focusing on whisky, she’s got a little tale about a lesser known tipple, hailing from the south-western seaside village of Girvan, Scotland…a wonderful distillation known, most simply, as Hendrick’s.

And now, without further ado, I give you Kate’s Cucumber Gin…(don’t forget to leave her some love at the end, to let her know how you liked it!)

Ah Scotland, the beloved land of majestic hieland mountains, rugged beautiful coastlines, men in kilts (lest we forget) and Hendrick’s Cucumber Gin. Och aye, ye heard me right. Cucumber Gin. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Scotland is one of the worlds largest producers of gin and has been doing so since the early 1700’s. And let me tell you, all that practice has paid off.

My insatiable appetite (addiction) for all things Scottish (thank you DG), lead my first experience with Hendrick’s to be quaffing it down, ice cold from a shot glass. And after three or six (I don’t remember), It did produce the pleasing result of fuzzy extremities and lowered inhibitions. As fun as that does sound (and it was), I wouldn’t recommend using this high quality libation for such a purpose.

After another day of further experimentation I realized,  this gin is special. Enjoyed at room temperature over ice, with a cucumber slice or two, the smooth, fresh and crisp taste of this gin is fantastic. The sharpness of the juniper berry (that is present in other popular gins like Tangueray and London Dry) is instead mild and accompanied by the freshness of cucumber, a mellow citrus and slightly sweet rose petal flavor that blossoms over your tongue.

This is a sipping gin. At, there are many recipes for cucumber gin cocktails, and while quality ingredients make for a quality drink, I feel this gin really shines on its own.

It’s handcrafted in small batches and priced slightly higher than the average gin. It should be enjoyed on your backyard deck or patio, during the warm summer months to come. I can imagine our dear Lord John doing just so, feet up, relaxing. Being served a tall cool glass by his faithful Manoke.

Perhaps you would like to try it the way HRH Prince Charles Duke of Rothesay does? In a large ice filled chalice with slices of cucumber and a splash of tonic. I found a squeeze of lemon or lime to be wonderful as well. You don’t have to be a dyed-in-the-wool gin fan to enjoy this delightful and refreshing taste experience.

And while Hendrick’s Cucumber Gin may not conjure amorous thoughts of snuggling up in a warm plaid with a tall, red-heided highlander in front of a glowing peat fire, it is one gift from Scotland you really shouldn’t miss out on.

cucumber gin

Thanks very much, Kate!  I’m going to have to hunt down a bottle for myself.

If you have a topic that you think Outlander Kitchen readers would be interested in, please drop me a line to outlanderkitchen(at)shaw(dot)ca — I’d love to hear from you!


  1. Jane Austen
    June 14, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    My first tipple of choice is always single malt scotch but gin has long been a close runner up. I’ll be off to my liquor store this weekend to look for Hendricks. I’ve seen it before but passed it right by for my standby, not realizing what a treasure was behind the very elegant diamond shaped label!

    Excellent guest post!

    • Theresa
      June 17, 2012 at 11:00 am

      Thanks so much, Jane. Slainte!

  2. Jane Austen
    June 14, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Incidentally, I’m wondering why comments can now only be left using only one of three options. I used to be able to comment as myself, with my blogger address, rather than my facebook pseudonym. I’m trying to phase out of facebook and don’t use wordpress or twitter. I’d hate to lost the ability to comment on your always creative posts!

    • Theresa
      June 17, 2012 at 10:59 am

      I haven’t noticed that problem, Jane…please let me know if it continues.

    • Jane Austen
      June 18, 2012 at 7:06 pm

      Theresa, if I list my personal email, name and blog address it directs me to a page that says I’m trying to log in on an account I’m not currently logged in on. I’m not even sure what that means but it looks like it is saying I have to have a wordpress account. I tried to leave a comment about my Hendrick’s experience this weekend (Pure Pleasure!) and it wouldn’t let me do it as myself so I’m trying this w/my FB account. Verra strange, indeed, but I’d really like to lurk about here under my own name!

    • Theresa
      June 18, 2012 at 7:47 pm

      I am puzzled…but will try to figure out more.

  3. Shana Jensen
    June 14, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    I am not a fan o’ the gin, but am a fan of Outlander Kitchen and cucumbers, so I thoroughly enjoyed this post. I’m planning on fixing up some of this for my next “gathering” by the pool. I can think of several of my friends who’d appreciate this libation. Weel done, Kate.

    • Theresa
      June 17, 2012 at 10:59 am

      another gin hater whose curiousity is piqued!

  4. dearli13
    June 15, 2012 at 5:07 am

    Thanks so much Kate! I’ll have to Search for some Hendricks too! Looks like a perfect summer drink!
    Thanks OK…always learn something new here!! Can’t wait for the cookbook!

    • Theresa
      June 17, 2012 at 10:58 am

      It’s coming, Lior! If only I could get my hands on Jamie’s printing press…

  5. OutlanderFan
    June 15, 2012 at 6:18 am

    Wow, even if I didn’t already like gin your post would make me want to try it Kate! I do look forward to giving this one a try, thank ye!

    • Theresa
      June 17, 2012 at 10:58 am

      She’s even managed to convert the gin-haters! Nicely done, Kate!

  6. ML
    June 15, 2012 at 6:19 am

    Oh I have a bunch of white cucumbers growing in my garden. Planning on making old fashioned barrel pickles. But I think I shall get a bottle of this Gin & try this interesting sounding drink. Thank you for letting us know. I must say when the sherrif’s wife came back with Gin in the books I thought it odd that it was not whisky she drank. Now I know why.

    • Theresa
      June 17, 2012 at 10:57 am

      I’ve forgotten about the Sherriff’s wife, ML! I’ll have to go refresh my memory with a glass in hand…;)

  7. Ms. Aaron Brown
    June 15, 2012 at 8:24 am

    I too will have to give this a try when the cucumbers are ready!! Thanks for the great post Kate!

    • Theresa
      June 17, 2012 at 10:57 am

      I hear it goes great with Bridies, Aaron! 😉

  8. Coralie Collins
    June 15, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Well done Kate, I can taste it already! I know what I’m doing this Friday evening!!

    • Theresa
      June 17, 2012 at 10:56 am

      She just makes you need one right now, doesn’t she?

  9. Fawn
    June 15, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Thanks Kate! I happen to really like gin & had no idea that gin was made in Scotland. My next purchase of alcoholic beverage will be Hendricks Gin!

    • Theresa
      June 17, 2012 at 10:56 am

      I think there’s a few of us going out to hunt down a bottle, Fawn!

  10. Rachel
    June 23, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Gin with soda and apple juice is one of my favourites, but never tried cucumber gin… have to give it a try!