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.