Cucumber Lime Martini

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 20 min (includes chilling time)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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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

  1. 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.
  2. 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:

  1. 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.
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