I’m a gin & tonic girl. Specifically a Bombay Sapphire & tonic girl. I RARELY deviate from that cocktail when I go out. But on a recent vacation to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, I found myself eating lunch on the water at a restaurant called Aqua. The cocktail menu included a cucumber/vodka drink called a Tito Fresco that sounded so refreshing. So since I was on vacation, I decided to be adventurous and give it a try. I was NOT disappointed. In fact, I loved that drink so much, that I recreated it when I got home! I’ve called my version the Cucumber Vodka Refresher!
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Cucumber Vodka Refresher
Ingredients for one Cucumber Vodka Refresher
- 2 oz. vodka*
- 1 ½ oz. St. Germain
- 2 TBS. lemon simple syrup
- Handful of chopped cucumbers
- Cucumber infused water
Make the cucumber infused water the day before by adding ½ sliced cucumber to 1 quart of water and refrigerate.
Make the lemon infused simple syrup by combing ½ cup fresh lemon juice and ½ cup sugar in a saucepan. Cook over low heat until sugar is dissolved and cool. Keeps up to a week in the refrigerator. Do you have one of these cool gadgets to squeeze lemons?
To make the cocktail:
- Put a handful of chopped cucumber and a handful of ice in a tall glass (I like these).
- Add vodka, St. Germain and lemon simple syrup.
- Fill the rest of the glass with cucumber-infused water.
- Stir and enjoy!
*The original was made with Tito’s. We made a couple of batches with what we had on hand – Grey Goose and Ketel One. All were fantastic, so just use your favorite vodka! I also want to try it with Black-Eyed Vodka, a vodka developed by my college friend, Nancy’s husband. How cool is it that I know someone with their own vodka distillery?