Restaurant Quality Cucumber Martinis

We admit, we are a bit late to the Summer party with these; but can you blame us for trying to hold onto our glasses filled with this refreshing beverage? This recipe for cucumber martinis is honestly equal to or better than those that I have enjoyed in restaurants (believe me, I have done my research).

Make the mixer ahead of time and seal in plastic bags (double bag those “just in case”) and bring to your next camping adventure, friends’ dinner party, or serve as a pre-dinner cocktail. The mixer has stayed for at least 2 days (it disappears quickly) in my experience with this cocktail.

Description of cocktail taste:
Light, hints of cucumber, not strong taste of alcohol (unless you add a heavy pourer into the mix), refreshing

From making this a few times I have picked up on some secrets, one of those is from Chef Mandy that “hot house” cucumbers (usually wrapped in the plastic at supermarkets) have a stronger true cucumber taste as well as thinner skin which help with digestive issues that some of us experience.

Prairie Cucumber Vodka
Prairie Cucumber Vodka

I decided to use Prairie Cucumber Vodka in this recipe after doing much research on the taste of similar vodkas out there. This one, even by itself, tastes true of cucumber, and is smoother. Feel free to use regular vodka or a similar cucumber flavored vodka if you wish but results will vary from the intended taste.

Here is our not-so-autumn inspired contribution to your Thursday happy hour:

Yields: 2-3 Martinis depending on how strong you wish to make it
This is an original recipe developed by TheRecipeJudge.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 Hot House Cucumber, chopped with skin on, reserving 2 slices for garnish
  • 1 cup Sugar, white granulated
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 Lime
  • 6 Mint Leaves
  • Prairie Cucumber Vodka (or a similar flavored brand)

Directions:

  1. Place two martini glasses in the freezer to chill
  2. Add 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar to a small pot on medium heat, stir frequently to dissolve the sugar completely and up until a slow boil. Remove from heat and cool. This will be your simple syrup.
  3. Add chopped cucumber, the juice of one lime, and mint leaves to a food processor. Pulse to combine and extract water from cucumber.
  4. Add 3 oz of the simple syrup you made in step one to the food processor
  5. Process the ingredients until you have a soup-like mixture. The goal is to get it as fine as you can.
  6. Taste the mixture, determine if more simple syrup or mint is necessary
  7. Remove mixture from food processor and strain through a fine mesh sieve (alternatively if you’d like your drink to have texture you can skip this step)
  8. The measurement of mixer to vodka should be 1:1, add mixer and vodka to a shaker or directly to martini glass and enjoy

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