Tuesday, April 15, 2014

cucumber cooler

Kathleen and I are both big fans of a good gin and tonic. When I saw this Effen cucumber vodka at the liquor store, I instantly thought of adding it to a gin and tonic for a refreshing hint of cucumber. After some experimenting, I came up with a combination that goes light on the gin and has soda water instead of tonic water (so this will satisfy even those who think gin and tonic tastes like a dirty pine tree.) Crisp, clean, and light, this beverage is perfect for spring and summer, or anytime you're in need of a cold, refreshing drink. You can also chill the ingredients ahead of time and serve in a large pitcher or drink dispenser with ice on the side for get-togethers.

makes 1

  2 lime wedges
  2 teaspoons sugar
  1 ounce gin
  1 ounce cucumber vodka
  club soda

Muddle lime wedges and sugar in the bottom of a cocktail shaker with a splash of club soda. Add gin and vodka and shake vigorously. Pour over ice in a rocks glass and top with club soda. Garnish with a slice of cucumber and enjoy!

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