Cucumber Lime Martini

Total Time:
2 hr 20 min
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
2 hr

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 English cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest plus 1 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 to 1 cup chilled Simple Syrup, recipe follows
  • Handful of fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill fronds, plus more for garnish
  • 4 shots cold vodka or gin
  • Simple Syrup:
  • 1 cup sugar
Directions
  • Slice 4 very thin slices from the cucumber, then peel, seed and coarsely chop the rest. Combine the lime juice, chopped cucumber, some Simple Syrup and 2 cups cold water in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a pitcher and stir in the lime zest, mint and dill. Cover and refrigerate until very cold, at least 2 hours. Keep the cucumber slices covered and chilled.

  • Put some ice, a shot of vodka and some of the lime mixture in a cocktail shaker and shake for 10 seconds. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a cucumber slice, some mint and dill. Repeat to make 3 more martinis.

Simple Syrup:
  • Bring the sugar and 1 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium high heat. When the sugar is completely dissolved, remove the saucepan from the heat and cool the syrup to room temperature. Refrigerate, covered, for up to 1 week.

  • Yield: 1 cup


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