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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.

Join The Conversation
poetess poetess 10 years
rainonme224 rainonme224 10 years
sounds interesting
tati33 tati33 10 years
hahaha crispet..i had a double take on that..interesting
TexasTwinkle TexasTwinkle 10 years
A cocktail that will take the puffiness away from your eyes! IM IN!!!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Haha. I just noticed that someone drew in pen all over the table that the drink is on. Oh, children are so evil to furniture-but the Magic Eraser works well to fix those things.
irishchic33 irishchic33 10 years
Not so sure about this but I am willing to give it a try.
llendril llendril 10 years
i LOVE cucumbers. ha ha. i was excited to find out bath & body works is coming out with a cucumber (no melon) scent. and now this drink. yay!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Cool! It looks adorable!
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