- In a cocktail shaker, combine 2 1/2 oz. Cucumber Vodka, vodka, or gin with 1/2 oz. dry vermouth, three or four slices of cucumber (any type of cucumber works just fine), and at least 1 cup of ice. You can also add a grind or two of freshly ground black pepper, if you're feeling kicky.
- Shake and shake and shake. Seriously, shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds (this may seem like a long time). You're not just mixing the ingredients, you're trying to melt some of the ice into the cocktail to soften its edges and blend the flavors.
- Strain into a martini glass (or vessel of your choice). Add a slice or two (or three) of fresh, unbruised cucumber and serve immediately.
Cucumber Martinis are delicious alongside a selection of raw vegetables and a smooth, cooling summer dip such as a Yogurt and Mint Dressing.