To make a cucumber martini, begin by muddling fresh cilantro, 3 slices of cucumber, 1 ounce of simple syrup and 3/4 ounce of lemon juice in the bottom of a cocktail mixer and fill with ice. Add 2 ounces of vodka, shake and double-strain into a glass.Continue Reading
To finish off the martini, add 3 drops of Tabasco sauce and garnish with a fresh cucumber slice.
Alternatively, put 2 ounces of cucumber vodka, 1 ounce of triple sec and the juice from a freshly squeezed lime into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a prepared martini glass. Garnish with fresh cucumber slices and 2 sprigs of fresh mint.
You can also make a cucumber martini with gin. To begin, cut one cucumber into 1/3 inch-thick slices plus 6 thin slices for garnishing. Mix 1 1/2 cups of gin and the thick cucumber slices in a pitcher, then cover and chill overnight or up to three days. Strain the gin and remove the thick cucumber slices. In a cocktail shaker, mix 1/2 of the gin with 2 tablespoons of dry vermouth over ice. Strain into three martini glasses and garnish with the thinly sliced cucumbers. Repeat with the remaining gin. This recipe makes six martinis.Learn more about Liquor & Cocktails