Cucumber Cooler

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.

Cucumber Cooler

Cucumber Cooler

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.

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