Cu-tini

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

Drink ingredients:

1 oz. mint simple syrup
4 oz. Effen Cucumber Vodka
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
Lemon zest
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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