cucumber, basil and mint vodka spritzer

Today I have a fabulous cocktail recipe for you all –  because I’m thinking its about time for summer cocktails on the patio. This weekend is the official beginning to summer, right?

I am honestly not a huge “cocktail” drinker, but if it involves cucumbers, my interest is piqued.

My interest was more than piqued when I  found a recipe for a Cucumber, Basil & Mint Soda. I added the vodka on my own – sometimes it makes life a little more interesting. ;)

Simple syrup was surprisingly easy to make – and I love that I have the control over how sweet I make it. Because I don’t like overly sweet food/drinks, I used about half the sugar that is typically used in simple syrups. The Taster has also requested that we have home-made simple syrup in the house at all times.

Cucumber, Basil & Mint Vodka Spritzer -  1 serving – inspired by Bon Appetit

  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 oz cucumber, basil and mint simple syrup (see below)
  • soda water
  • garnish of cucumber slices, basil and mint leaves

Fill glass with ice, pour vodka and simple syrup over ice. Top with soda water and garnish.

Cucumber, Basil & Mint Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 english cucumber, sliced
  • 1 oz mint leaves
  • 1 oz basil leaves

Heat sugar and water over medium heat, stirring occasionally until sugar has dissolved.

Bring to a boil, add cucumber and herbs to sugar mixture.

Cover and let steep for at least 1/2 hour.

Strain out syrup mixture, reserving all liquid.

 

Enjoy!

Comments

  1. says

    Yes, this recipe was amazing Emily! So fresh and clean tasting… not super sugary like so many of these cocktails can be. Problem is, I can drink more of them then! :) And it just so happens the two herbs I have growing are mint and basil! You’ll have to try the simple syrup infused with ginger from your engagement party drink!

    • Emily says

      Yes, I can’t believe I didn’t realize that is how you made that! So many simple syrups to make!

  2. says

    Interesting! I’m always on the lookout for “clean cocktails”. I wonder if you tried steeping the vodka in the cucumber, basil and mint for a couple of hours if you would need to add the sugar, or if the infusion would still be there just less refined? I sometimes make cocktails with chilled green tea and natural soda water-it’s super refreshing like this drink sounds too!

  3. says

    yum! i love combining strange flavors. this sounds really good. we just got in a lemonaid drink mix sweetened with honey and flavored with lavendar and mint. i love summer!!!

    • Emily says

      Oooh, I’ll have to stop by soon! We loved the one we had last fall. I hope you have been doing lots of celebrating!!

  4. Mo says

    I can’t wait to try this. It sounds so refreshing and light. Perfect for our 100 + degree days that have started up again.

    • Emily says

      Oh gosh, already?! It was a chilly 55 degrees this morning here in Minnesota. Do you have a summer trip planned to come visit?

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