I was promising myself that this summer that I would use more clear spirits in my cocktails, but I haven’t been very good about that, and instead have found myself reverting to my whiskey ways. But that all stops with this Vodka cocktail! One Sunday evening, I was looking at the mint and cucumber I had sitting around and thought, that screams Vodka and thus, the Cucumberbund Cocktail was born.
I find that it’s hard to go wrong with fresh ingredients in your cocktails and when choosing what ingredients to use for a cocktail, I often start with a fruit and add an herb or botanical. I think that cucumber and mint naturally compliment each other and make for a refreshing end-of-summer cocktail. Add Vodka and one of my favorite go-to cocktail ingredients, St. Germain, some elbow grease in the form of muddling, and you’re set.
- 2 ounces Vodka
- 1 ounce St. Germain
- Tonic Water (preferably Fever Tree if available)
- Juice from 1/2 a Lime
- 5 Mint Leaves
- 3 Slices Cucumber
- Crushed Ice
- Martini Shaker
- Old Fashioned or Short Glass
Muddle two slices of cucumber and four mint leaves with the St. Germain at the bottom of a martini shaker. Once you can smell the mint and cucumber essence, you’ll know that your muddling is complete. Add the Vodka and ice and shake well. Strain into glass filled with crushed ice and top with a floater of tonic water. Take the remaining mint leaf and clap it in your hands to release the mint essence and place standing upright in the drink. Garnish with a wheel of cucumber.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the fantastic fresh cocktail you’ve made!