Hey Dolls! Happy Sunday! I don’t know about “your neck of the woods,” but it is unseasonably warm on the East Coast. High 60’s yesterday and we are expecting the same today. I’m loving it; but know that it won’t last. Nevertheless, my mind drifted to a summer cocktail. Something befitting the warm-ish weather. Peep the mixology below for the Cucumber-Mint Sparkler.
- 1-inch piece of seedless cucumber, finely chopped
- ½ ounce fresh lime juice (that’s the juice from about half a lime)
- 1½ ounces vodka
- 2 teaspoons mint simple syrup (recipe below)
- 3 ounces Prosecco or champagne
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup fresh mint leaves
- 3-4 slices cucumber
- 1 sprig fresh mint
The Mixology. First, you’ll need to make the simple syrup. In a small saucepan, bring the sugar, water and mint leaves to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, swirling the saucepan occasionally, until the sugar dissolves, 1-2 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool completely before using.
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the chopped cucumber with the lime juice. Add the vodka, simple syrup and a few ice cubes, and shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty. Strain into a glass filled with ice (I like crushed ice for this), and top with Prosecco. Garnish with the cucumber slice, mint prig and enjoy! Salut!
Until then, keep sharing the pretty,