Ever since my vacation in the Florida Keys earlier this year, I have been on a cucumber vodka kick. I had some great cucumber cocktails while on Duval Street, one at the 2¢ Restaurant & Gastro Pub (they have maple-glazed bacon as happy hour bar nibbles – drool) and another at Point5 Lounge, part of nine one five. They were so good I had to try my hand at making them at home.
This recipe was first posted in our local grocer’s circular, and it looked like a good one to try, but there were just a few minor changes I had to make. I added more lime juice, changed out the sugar for agave, and used lime flavored Perrier instead of soda water. It was fabulous if I do say so myself!
- 3-oz. fresh lime juice (about 1-1/2 fresh limes)
- 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons agave nectar (depending on how sweet you like your drinks)
- 12 fresh mint leaves
- 4 to 5-oz cucumber vodka (I used Eight Degrees vodka)
- Perrier lime flavored sparkling mineral water
- Garnish: lime wedges and cucumber slices
In a shaker, place lime juice, agave nectar and mint leaves and muddle. Add vodka and stir.
Divide between 2 Collins glasses. Add ice then top with Perrier.
Garnish each glass with a small wedge of lime and a thin slice of cucumber in glass and place a slice of cucumber and sprig of mint on edge of glass.
What’s your favorite vodka cocktail?
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