Saturday, June 22, 2013

Cocktail Month: Cucumber Chill Martini

It's cocktail time and I've had a good week, a REALLY good week! I wrapped up a big project at work, got a promotion, was asked to promote an upcoming event on my blog (details to be shared soon), on my way to see my family AND my birthday week officially started! I know what you are thinking....Jess, say no more, "Let's have a drink!"

Well, alright then! I have the perfect one in mind to cool us off as the hot weather starts to creep in. I can feel it after my afternoon runs, summer is definitely here! Hopefully this cocktail will help bring our body temps back down to normal.

Cocktail Month: Cucumber Chill Martini |

"Cool as a cucumber," as they say. A cucumber is the perfect summer vegetable to cool you down. I have been on a kick recently adding cucumber slices to my water, it reminds me of being at a spa! I thought, why not add some vodka and we have ourselves a real vacation!

This martini (like most martinis) is pretty strong, so not ideal for throwing back. However, if you are not a big drinker, you can simply add in mineral water to tone it down a bit. Rain Vodka is really good here, but use your favorite brand of cucumber vodka.

Cocktail Month: Cucumber Chill Martini |

Cucumber Chill Martini

Yields: 1 drink

2 shots cucumber vodka (suggest Rain Cucumber Lime vodka)

Juice of 1/4 lime
3-4 cucumber slices
salt for rim
Lime wedge and cucumber slice for garnish
Sparkling water (optional)

Chill a martini glass in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. During the last 10 minutes, add in a few slices of cucumber to the sides of the glass so they stick. In a martini shaker, add in ice, vodka and lime juice and shake well until chilled.

Pour about a tablespoon of salt onto a flat plate and spread out.

Remove prepared martini glass from the freezer and dip into the plate of salt to coat the rim of the glass. Pour in the chilled vodka mixture and garnish with lime wedge and cucumber slice.

If using sparkling water, start with a large class and add ice into the glass as well before pouring the vodka mixture and mineral water in.

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