Sarah made me this awesome drink to cool down our spicy sriracha/cayenne inspired dishes. I highly recommend you either make it or ask a bartender to make it for you before you die. It is that good.
Mint-infused simple syrup:
10 mint leaves
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 oz. mint simple syrup
4 oz. Effen Cucumber Vodka
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
Cucumber slices (for garnish)
Sarah already had the simple syrup made, but it is quite easy. Add your mint leaves to equal parts water and sugar in a small saucepan. Simmer until the sugar is completely melted into the liquid. Store in a jar in the fridge. The longer it is stored the mintier the flavor, which was the case for our drinks. Adds a calming effect to the vodka.
In your martini shaker (Sarah’s was a perfect martini shaker for such people as us who rarely make fancy drinks in a martini shaker. Try one like this with the ounces marked on the side.) mix together your drink ingredients minus the cucumber slices. If using a fresh lemon, lemon zest is a must. If not, try adding a mint leaf in with the cucumbers for garnish and added flavor. Place a slice of cucumber on the side of the glass.
Sarah’s friend, Sarah, gave her these adorable glasses. They are perfect for the less elegant martini drinker who prefers a fist so they don’t drop their glass instead of the tips of their fingers with a pinky in the air. Also, the eye is drawn to the design so you can go less fancy and not garnish the drink.
The Cu-tini itself leaves a lemon zing at the back of your tongue with a smooth, even cucumber flavor on the tip. The mint is subtle but a perfect addition. I am not a sweet drink lover, but the mint simple syrup and alcohol wasn’t overpowering and you can always adjust the levels to your preferred taste pallet. It was perfect for sipping, with a cool, minty fresh overtone. Just one whiff of the drink calmed my nerves and soothed my mood, kind of like aromatherapy with the help of a little alcohol.