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Happy Hour: Cucumber Cocktails

If you are in need of a refreshing, summer cooler for your next barbecue, think about a cucumber cocktail. Light, tasty, and unexpectedly delicious, this recipe is similar to that of a mojito. I first came across it when I was a bartendress — I thought cucumbers were for salads not drinks. I was in for a surprise because the cocktail worked perfectly with a delicate fresh balance of tart and cool. Sip these while relaxing on your deck, front porch, or patio. Please give this drink a try; you won't be disappointed. To get the recipe, just read more!


Cucumber Cocktail
From The New York Times

6 limes, rinsed
1 cup packed mint leaves, no stems, plus 6 sprigs for garnish
3 unwaxed cucumbers
½ cup sugar
2 cups vodka or gin, preferably Hendrick's gin
Sparkling water.

  1. Thinly slice 3 limes and place in a pitcher. Juice the rest and add juice to pitcher.
  2. Add mint leaves. Slice 2 cucumbers and add, then add sugar. Muddle ingredients.
  3. Add vodka or gin.
  4. Place in refrigerator to steep 30 minutes or longer.
  5. Peel remaining cucumber and cut lengthwise into 6 spears.
  6. Fill 6 highball or other large glasses with ice. Strain mixture from pitcher into each.
  7. Top with a splash of sparkling water, garnish each glass with a sprig of mint and a cucumber spear, and serve.

Serves 6.

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