1. Use a standard wooden reamer to extract the juice from 4 whole lemons into a large pot. Drop in the reamed bodies as wellâ€¦lemon bodies that is.
2. Add half a cup of regular sugar and muddle with the end of a rolling pin or some such device for 2-3 minutes to extract a goodly portion of the volatile oils in the peels.
3. Add a quart of clean, cool water and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
4. Strain into a 3-4 quart glass jar.
5. Slice 1 large cucumber into very thin slices, (Iâ€™d employ a mandoline for this step) and add to the jug.
6. Steep for one hour then stir in 24 ounces of gin. Iâ€™m not going to tell you use â€œthe good stuffâ€ but if you wouldnâ€™t drink it in a martini you wonâ€™t want to drink it here either. If in doubt simply reach for a solid London style dry gin, as opposed to a richer Dutch style genever (which is actually the original gin, just in case your curious.
7. If you wish to mix by the glass place 4 to 5 of your â€œbestâ€ ice cubes in a rocks glass, add an ounce and a half of gin and top with two and a half ounces of lemonade.
8. Stir and serve out on the porchâ€¦on a swing if possible. Â