Adding cucumber to drinks came as a revelation to me when Sarah introduced me to Pimms a few years ago. If you haven’t tried it before, even if you’re wrinkling your nose and dry retching at the thought, you really need to cucumber up your drinks this summer. You can thank me later.
So, as we all know Tuesday is officially boozeday – you can expect a special cocktail later today – but I thought I’d mix things up a little this month. Instead of buying a liqueur for April, I’ve decided to make one. And given that cucumbers are in season this month, I decided to go for cucumber infused vodka. That’s my excuse anyway…mawahahaha. It’s pretty easy to pull together and a seriously impressive drink to pull out when you have friends over during the summer. Because “weird sounding” and “pretty impressive” are practically the same thing in the world of mixology.
The only hard part is buying the cucumbers – only perverts buy arm loads of cucumbers. Fact. And sheepishly explaining to the checkout girl that you need them for a cocktail will do little to offset the judgements she’s making on you. Stay tuned for a different cucumber vodka cocktail every Tuesday this month. So a month of buying armfuls of cucumbers…let’s get our names on a register together. Yay!
How to make cucumber vodka.
Start by completely peeling 3 cucumbers that you asked someone else to buy for you, slice them from tip to tip in quarter, remove the gooey seeds and slice finely. Add them to a mason jar or bottle and top with 750ml of decent vodka.
Seal the jar and store in a cool, dark place for at least 3 days or up to 2 weeks. Give it a shake a few times a day. The cucumber slices will lose their colour and the vodka will turn a yellowy-green (but seriously, it tastes really nice). Strain the vodka into a jar or bottle and store it in the freezer. Trust me on this, store it in the freezer; it will keep in the fridge but having a freezer stocked with flavoursome and super cold (the alcohol will prevent it from freezing solid) will make your summer about 10 times better.
So, are you tempted to make your own infused vodka or did I lose you at “cucumber” – do you take cuc-umbrage at the whole idea? Cuc-umbrage…seamless.