Cucumber Mint Martini


The first time I ever heard about cucumber cocktails I had to stop and think about it. I love cucumbers without a doubt but, in a drink? As I let the thought absorb, though, it made as much sense as olives in a martini or celery and tomatoes in a bloody Mary. OK, I accepted it and then obviously had to try it.


On their own mixed with gin or vodka and some citrus they're fine, even refreshing, but maybe just a little plain. I tried different things like vermouth and triple sec but, again, it was fine but still a bit plain. Mint, however, is anything but plain. I love the aroma of fresh mint and it's probably my favorite addition to many cocktails. I think it brings drinks from good to great and that was certainly the case here. Cheers!



Ingredients 
(1 Serving)

2 oz. Vodka
1/2 oz. Lemon juice
1/2 oz. Simple syrup
1/4 Large (or 1/2 small) cucumber, chunked
4 Mint leaves



Instructions

Add the vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, cucumber chunks and mint leaves to a cocktail shaker. Muddle together using a muddler or wooden spoon and fill with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint or slice of cucumber.

(To make the cucumber garnish, slice a long piece using a vegetable peeler and accordion fold it onto a cocktail pick. You can use more than one slice to make a longer garnish.)

Recipe by: Hungry Couple




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