I was trying to write something beautiful about this cocktail and to be honest everything sounded not like me, or like me who is trying to be poetic and smart . So I am going to say it as it is, no pretty words so please excuse my unpolished writing skills.
I love coming home from my night yoga class, all relaxed and with a clear mind in a hot apartment with no air-conditioning, standing at my kitchen counter while feeling the small fan blowing the sticky air from my widows. I open the fridge and grab a cold cumber, juice it, mix it, shake it. Then as I sit on my kitchen floor, still in my yoga pants, I sip on this summer cucumber happiness while watching rerun episodes of ‘Friends’. The small fan is still blowing the sticky air which is now filled with the scent of cucumber and it is sticking to the walls, the ceiling and my bed sheets. A moment of recharge of a day of enjoyable and not so enjoyable moments and everything in between.
Cucumber Mint Cocktail
1 large cucumber
1 lime, juiced
2 sprigs of mint (about 10 leaves)
2 tbsp granulated sugar
2 oz. (4 tbsp)Vodka/Gin
1 oz. (2 tbsp) Orange Liqueur (such as Cointreau)
1 oz. (2 tbsp) Elderflower Liqueur (such as St. Germain)
Peel the cucumber and coarsely chop it. Pure in a food processor or a hand blender until smooth. Strain through a fine sieve, pressing the juice/solids with a spoon to extract all the liquid.
Place lime juice, sugar and mint leaves in a glass and muddle until sugar is dissolved. Pour into a cocktail shaker (or a jar), add 2-3 ice cubes and the remaining ingredients and shake vigorously for a few seconds.
Fill 2 short glasses with ice. Pour the cocktail trough the shaker strainer to remove the mint leaves.
Sip and enjoy!