Mmmm… a Cucumber-Lime Craft Cocktail hits the spot on a sunny, warm evening.
Our local tavern serves a bright, cool cocktail made with cucumber, pear vodka, and lime juice. Here is my take on our local favorite. There is a crispness from the cucumber that makes this such a refreshing treat.
What’s a Craft Cocktail?
I’ve been reading discussion boards and have to laugh at the answers to the question, “What makes a cocktail a craft cocktail?”
The tongue-in-cheek answer is, “Price. It costs more.That may be true; but, the best answer is that it is a cocktail made with fresh ingredients. For this drink, you will use fresh cucumbers and lime juice.
Fresh lime juice has no substitute, so don’t even go there. You won’t regret the extra effort!
About The Cucumber Water and Simple Syrup
The methods for making the cucumber water and the simple syrup follow the cocktail recipe. Both are super easy. If you’d like to speed up the cucumber water method, muddle the cucumber slices with a wooden spoon in the bottom of the pitcher.
Calorie counts for each recipe are given; the calorie count for the cocktail itself already includes the simple syrup calories.
Prep your cucumber water in advance, and use fresh lime juice. There's just no substitute for fresh!
- 2 tbsp lime juice, fresh
- 2 tbsp simple syrup
- 1 oz. pear-flavored vodka
- 1/3 cup cucumber water
Follow recipes to prepare cucumber water and simple syrup.
Half-fill a cocktail glass with crushed ice.
Add in the vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup.
Top off with cucumber water
Just the basics!
- 4 cups water
- 1/2 cup peeled and sliced cucmber
At least two hours in advance, fill a glass pitcher with 4 c. water and slices of cucumber. Cover and refrigerate.
If desired, for stronger flavor, "muddle" the cucumber in the pitcher by crushing the slices with a wooden spoon. Strain out and discard solids before serving.
It's called simple syrup for a reason!
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
To make the simple syrup, mix 1 c. sugar and 1 c. water in a saucepan. Continue stirring over medium heat until the sugar totally dissolves and the mixture just begins to thicken a bit (it will just be reaching the boiling point). Cool.
Keep in a covered container in the refrigerator.
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