Cucumber Cocktails

Thanks to sweltering heat and humidity, I think I’m about to melt. Yes, I am griping about the weather again. A vacation to Siberia sounds absolutely divine at the moment.  The cucumbers in my garden, on the other hand, are thriving!  They’re not quite as prolific as the zucchini, but they might be coming in a close second.  Thank heavens something that thrives in the heat that’s making me miserable, can also provide some cooling relief!

Chilled cucumber juice is very refreshing, and a great way to use up an over abundance of cukes.  Personally, I love my cucumber juice in cocktails with lots of ice.

To make cucumber juice, you will first need to peel, seed, and chop your cukes.  Place the chopped cukes in a food processor and blend to a smooth puree. Pour the puree through a fine mesh strainer, pressing to extract as much juice as possible.  I don’t throw the leftover pulp away, but use it to put together a quick veggie dip or Tzatziki. The juice will store in the refrigerator for a few days.  A fine green sediment may settle on the bottom of the container… no problem, just shake it up.

The following are my two favorite cucumber cocktails.

Cucumber Cooler
4 ounces cucumber juice
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 to 1 ounce simple syrup
1 1/2 ounces vodka
12 or more mint leaves

Fill shaker with ice.  Add all ingredients to shaker and shake until your hand feels like it’s going to freeze off. Then switch to the other hand and shake it again. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice.

Cool As A Cucumber Cocktail
2 or 3 lime wedges
12 or more mint leaves
2 ounces cucumber juice
1 ounce lime juice
1/2 to 1 ounce simple syrup
1 1/2 to 2 ounces light rum
Soda water

Place lime wedges and mint leaves in a tall glass (I have zombie glasses, the traditional glassware in which mojitos are served). Muddle lime and mint in the glass to release their oils. Fill glass 3/4 full with ice. Add cucumber juice, lime juice, simple syrup, and rum.  Top off with soda water and stir.

Updated 8/11/10 – This post is my entry for a Cucumber Blog Party I’m participating in.  For more cucumber recipes visit the following blogs.

Creamy Cucumber Salad at the Torchsong Studio blog

Cucumber Lime Salsa at the Essential Herbal blog

Cucumber Spread (Tzatziiki) at the Sagescript Institute blog

Tomato Cucumber Salad at Swisher Hill Soapworks

Chilled Cucumber Soup at Rosemary’s Sampler

Cucumber Dill Sauce at the Garden Chick blog

Cucumber Watermelon Salad at the Soap & Garden blog

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    5 Responses to Cucumber Cocktails

    1. […] of the fabulous Cucumber Blog Party recipes?  Check these out! Creamy Cucumber Salad from Maryanne Refreshing Cucumber Cocktails from Becky Tzatziki Cucumber Spread from Cindy Cucumber Lime Salsa from […]

    2. janiece says:

      This post has inspired me! I don’t think I’ll have the new inspiration ready by the time the blog party is over but I will add it to my post when it’s all figured out.

      I’m thinking that the pulp from making the juice for the cocktail would be good with salmon in a dip/spread. Thanks for kick-starting my creativity.

    3. Cindy Jones says:

      I love the idea of getting cocktails from the garden; a true garden party!

    4. […] already has some great cucumber coolers on her blog: http://birdworms.com/2010/07/24/cucumber-cocktails/ Maryanne has Creamy Cucumber salad on hers: […]

    5. […] Becky’s Cucumber Cocktails Tina’s Cucumber Lime Salsa Cindy’s Tzatziki Janiece’s Tomato Cucumber Salad Nancy’s Chilled Cucumber Soup […]

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