Thursday, June 20, 2013

Iced Vodka with Cucumber, Lemon, and Mint Recipe

We love fresh herbs in the summer, so we have planters full of them on our back patio. Our mint plant, a hearty specimen that has lived through several winters, is growing wildly. We use the fresh mint for salads, mint tea, and of course mojitos. I'm not always one to stick to the same thing and enjoy other options when it comes to summer refreshments, so I set out to create a new and tasty concoction. With an abundance of mint, a bowl full of organic lemons on our kitchen counter, and several cucumbers in the fridge, I put together this refreshing iced vodka that just might be my new favorite summer cocktail.


Iced Vodka with Cucumber, Lemon, and Mint

What you'll need
  • 2 sprigs of mint, one for muddling and one for garnish
  • 1 lemon
  • 5 slices of cucumber
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 oz vodka
  • club soda
  • ice

Directions

Pick the leaves off of one sprig of mint, squeeze the juice of half of a lemon, and add sugar to an 8 oz glass. Muddle the mint, lemon juice, and sugar until the mint is well bruised. Fill the glass with 4-5 ice cubes. Pour 2 oz of vodka over the mint and ice. Top with club soda and add cucumber slices and lemon slices from the leftover half of lemon. Stir with a swizzle stick until the glass is frosty. Garnish with the remaining sprig of mint.

Enjoy! What are your favorite summer cocktails?

9 comments:

  1. Stopped by from blogging buddies. This looks awesome. Gonna try it this weekend :)

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  2. This sounds SO refreshing. Maybe if I sip it slowly my husband will lift the "ban of vodka for my consumption" rule. ;)

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  3. Yum! Looking forward to a nice, hot day so I can enjoy one of these. Sounds delish.

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  4. Sounds like the perfect summer cocktail!

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  5. Sounds perfect.
    Guess Vodka is going on my shopping list.
    Thanks.

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  6. This sounds amazing. Nice and refreshing!

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  7. OMG we must be on the same wavelength! My summer 2013 cocktail is mixing cucumber soda (there is such a thing!) with a coupla ounces of gin. Delish!

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  8. This sounds so light and fresh! Great summer drink.

    -AJ
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  9. Yum, yum, yum! You know I love my drinks, and this sounds so refreshing for hot summer days!

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