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Invigorating Cucumber Mint Cocktail

by Alix Traeger and Karlee Rotoly

Under 30 min

Under 30 min

Ingredients

for 1 serving

  • ½ cup
    cold water (120 mL)
  • ½ cup
    sugar (120 g)
  • 1 cup
    mint leaf, loosely packed, roughly chopped, plus 8-10 whole leaves (25 g)
  • 1 piece cucumber, 2 in (5 cm) sliced, plus 2 cucumber ribbons for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons
    lime juice, fresh-squeezed
  • 3 oz
    vodka (85 mL)
    Calories 545
    Fat 0g
    Carbs 90g
    Fiber 4g
    Sugar 78g
    Protein 3g

Estimated values based on one serving size.

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Preparation

  1. Make the mint simple syrup: In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the water, sugar, and roughly chopped mint leaves. Bring to a low boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes, until the sugar is fully dissolved and the mint is fragrant. Remove from the heat and let cool for 5-10 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve. Store remaining mint syrup in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the cucumber rounds, lime juice, whole mint leaves, and 1 tablespoon of the mint simple syrup. Muddle for 1-2 minutes, until the cucumber and mint have released their flavors, but are not mushy.
  3. Pour in the vodka and fill the shaker halfway with ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  4. Fill a Collins glass with ice and pour in the strained cocktail.
  5. Garnish with the cucumber ribbons.
  6. Enjoy!
 

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