Hair of the Dog

Basil, Cucumber & Ginger Springtime Cocktail

24th April 2015

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It’s officially spring, and you’re baking in the Saturday heat after a long week. What sounds more refreshing than a cucumber and herb-based alcoholic cocktail? Answer: two cucumber and herb-based alcoholic cocktails. Double the recipe, bitch.

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I invented this drink on-the-fly while marinating some shrimp and swordfish for the BBQ. We rang in the warm weather with a family cookout featuring grilled seafood topped with avocado-mango salsa. My mom also threw together a fresh salad, roasted asparagus, and some buttery, mashed sweet potato (my little bro, Dante’s, favorite).

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We sat outside for hours finishing our drinks after dinner and then gathered around the fire pit for s’mores. Yum!! I hope you enjoy this drink as much as me and my family did!

Total Time | 15 minutes

Makes 4 cocktails

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 oz vodka
  • 24 oz club soda or sparkling water
  • handful basil (~3/4c loosely packed)
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 2 cups ice
  • Ginger simple syrup
    • ½ cup sugar
    • ½ cup water
    • 1-teaspoons ginger, minced

METHOD

Begin by making ginger simple syrup. Refer to instructions here. Set in freezer to cool.

Slice ¼ of the cucumber into thin rounds and set aside. Peel the remainder of it and puree in a food processor or blender until it becomes a fine pulp with no lumps.

Combine cucumber pulp with the basil leaves and muddle using the back of a wooden spoon or other blunt cooking utensil. Add club soda, vodka, ginger simple syrup, and ice and stir.

Serve with ice cubes or strain them out into a martini glass and serve with a sprig of fresh basil. Enjoy!

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