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Cucumber Basil Vodka Lemonade

June 6, 2013


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Fresh herbs make a wonderful addition to a summer cocktail. Basil adds a savory, sweet note with a peppery edge. Add sliced cucumber, fresh lemon juice and Vodka and you have a refreshing layered cocktail featuring seasonal ingredients. Randy really enjoyed this drink but would prefer Gin. I suggest trying Hendricks. This cucumber infused alcohol enhances the flavor. Garnish with cucumber ribbons basil or mint. Cheers!

Cucumber Basil Vodka Lemonade            (Adapted from wearenotmartha)

Makes 3-4 drinks

1 english cucumber

3 cups water

3 lemons

2 tablespoons sugar

1 1/2 cups vodka

1 small bunch basil

1 cup soda water

Start by cutting your cucumber in half. Peel one half and cut it lengthwise. Scoop the seeds out and chop it into pieces. Put the cucumber pieces in a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Put puree in a fine mesh sieve over a container and push with a wooden spoon or spatula, extracting as much liquid as you can from the cucumber puree. Fill a separate bowl or container with 3 cups water. Squeeze 2 lemons into the water and mix in the sugar. Pour lemon and cucumber juice into a pitcher or serving container. Add vodka. Slice remaining cucumber half (un-peeled) and remaining lemon and add to pitcher. Add basil. Refrigerate until chilled. Serve in a glass or jar with ice. Top with a little soda water for some sparkle and some extra basil if you like.

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