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Cucumber Martinis

A Cool & Simple Summer Cocktail

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Cucumber Martinis

Cucumber Martini

Photo © Molly Watson
Cucumber Martinis are as cool and refreshing as cucumbers themselves. Like all martinis, they pack a punch. The first one is divine; the second will make a third seem like a good idea which, I assure you, it is not.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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