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.



20 Comments (Reply )

  1. Anna Weedman
    May 25, 2011 @ 8:10 am

    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
      May 25, 2011 @ 9:19 am

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


  2. Tiffany @ Simply Shaka
    May 25, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    This sounds cool and refreshing–the perfect summertime drink!


  3. Emma
    May 25, 2011 @ 9:13 am

    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!


    • Emily
      May 25, 2011 @ 9:21 am

      Emma – my fiance and I are huge infused vodka fans – the process does take a little longer though! Here is a recipe for pineapple infused vodka that we made a while back: but the possibilities are endless!


  4. Katie@Cozydelicious
    May 25, 2011 @ 9:44 am

    This looks fantastic! And I lov ethat you serve it in a mason jar – so cute!


  5. Holly @ The Runny Egg
    May 25, 2011 @ 10:08 am

    That sounds/looks so refreshing!


  6. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    May 25, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

    Yum, this looks so refreshing! I’m glad to see that you’re a Ketel One girl- so am I. All the cool kids drink Ketel. ;)


  7. kate
    May 25, 2011 @ 1:00 pm

    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
      May 25, 2011 @ 2:25 pm

      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!!


  8. Mo
    May 25, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

    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
      May 25, 2011 @ 2:54 pm

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


  9. Maris (In Good Taste)
    May 25, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

    This is so simple yet so refreshing and elegant a drink!


  10. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    May 26, 2011 @ 6:52 am

    Emily this looks so refreshing! Yum! I can just taste the coolness in my mouth. Mmmm. Especially love the picture with the skyline. :)


  11. Stephanie @cookinfanatic
    May 26, 2011 @ 11:36 am

    this sounds like the most perfect summer drink! i love it!


  12. Amy
    May 26, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

    Looks so refreshing!I love it in the ball jar too that’s so cute!


  13. Michelle {The Lively Kitchen}
    May 26, 2011 @ 12:51 pm

    I would pay you $20 bucks for one of those right now. $25 if you’d watch my kids while I drink it in peace. :)

    This recipe is getting printed out and made this week…..


    • Emily
      May 28, 2011 @ 6:18 pm

      Michelle – I will make it for you and then watch your kids. :)


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