June 21, 2006

Summer Drink Recipe: The Cuke

The CUKEGuess what, it's the first day of summer! Know what that means? All sorts of tasty cocktails, drunk outside on our porch instead of huddled around our computers like we do all winter, relying on the glow of our monitors for warmth.

We've stolen...errr, found...an interesting recipe for a drink called the Cuke from the New York Times. As an added bonus, it features our favorite gin on the planet - Hendrick's.

The Cuke
Time: 15 minutes, plus 30 minutes' chilling

6 limes, rinsed
1 cup packed mint leaves, no stems, plus 6 sprigs for garnish
3 unwaxed cucumbers
½ cup sugar
2 cups vodka or gin, preferably Hendrick's gin
Sparkling water.

1. Thinly slice 3 limes and place in a pitcher. Juice the rest and add juice to pitcher. Add mint leaves. Slice 2 cucumbers and add, then add sugar. Muddle ingredients. Add vodka or gin. Place in refrigerator to steep 30 minutes or longer.

2. Peel remaining cucumber and cut lengthwise into 6 spears.

3. Fill 6 highball or other large glasses with ice. Strain mixture from pitcher into each. Top with a splash of sparkling water, garnish each glass with a sprig of mint and a cucumber spear, and serve.

Yield: 6 servings.

Right, six servings...or one, if you play your cards right.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at June 21, 2006 10:17 PM
Recent Comments

We make the Cuke with vodka (we've been using a good imported potato vodka). It has entirely replaced the mojito as hot weather drink of choice - much more cooling. We've served it to guests with appetizers, and a great foil for spicy or rich food, without feeling filling.


Posted by: Jodi at July 18, 2006 8:17 PM

I recently had a cucumber-based sake drink at Hawthorn Lane in SF. My dining companion had ordered it, and decided it was too weak and cucumbery. I thought it was quite refreshing.

This recipe sounds like a great drink for reading on the patio on a lazy Sunday afternoon. I'll definitely be trying it. Something about cucumber drinks is very spa-like.


Posted by: Jen at June 21, 2006 10:47 PM
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