It Won't Prevent Malaria

But this gin-based cocktail will cool you off and make you think of the savannah.  I tend to avoid pre-made mixers--tonic included--due to the crazy amount of sugar they contain.  You can doctor this one up to your personal sweetness.  Speaking of personal sweetness, guess who's home from summer camp?

The first words out of her mouth when I picked her up were, "Can I come back next year?"  She got her money's worth out of her week at Camp Flaming Arrow, falling asleep in the car on the drive home.  She was happy to see her stuff and quickly set up a safari on the tea table.

How inspirational I found this bucolic scene and pictured myself on the veranda ala "Out of Africa" with a gin cocktail....we'll call it the Fever Dream...

1 large cucumber, peeled and sliced into thick rounds, blend with 2 cups water

Lavender simple syrup: mix one cup sugar/one cup water in saucepan and heat until sugar dissolves, add 3 TBS dried lavender flowers and steep at least one hour, strain flowers out prior to use

Blend and strain cucumber juice through fine seive, it makes about 2 cups.  To this add 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice and 1/2 to one cup lavender simple syrup depending on your taste.  Stir well and mix in a 3:1 ratio with gin in a cocktail shaker. Pour over ice and top with sparkling water.