With the holidays approaching it’s a great time to share a new cocktail with you. This creation was for a vodka contest a few years back. Even though it has cucumber in it, you may think of it as a summer cocktail…which it is fabulous on a hot summer day…but it is just as perfect for a brunch or your holiday celebrations. It is light and refreshing, and the mint gives it that holiday flair.
2-inch slice of a cucumber
5 mint leaves
1 1/2 ounces simple syrup
1 1/2 ounces vodka
3 ounces club soda
Additional cucumber and mint for garnish
Cut the cucumber slice into 1/2-inch slices, then cut in half. Place cucumber into a cocktail shaker, add in the mint leaves and muddle. Add in the simple syrup and vodka. Close and shake; then strain into an ice filled rocks glass. Top with the club soda.
Garnish with a thin slice of cucumber and mint leaves.
Makes 1 drink.