Cucumber-Mint Infused Vodka

Cucumber? Mint? Vodka? You might be thinking, “…ick, what a strange flavor combo”.  However, this potion has long been a household favorite and many a friend has partaken of this beverage with absolute delight, calling it “liquid summer”. And it’s so unbelievably easy to make it’s almost stupid easy.

cucumbermintvodka Cucumber Mint Infused Vodka
Cucumber-Mint Infused Vodka
cucumbermintvodka Cucumber Mint Infused Vodka
Infusing basic vodka with unique flavors
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Ingredients
  1. Large glass jar with lid
  2. Saran wrap
  3. Two 1.75 liter bottles of vodka
  4. Generous handful (or two) of fresh mint
  5. 3-4 large cucumbers, peeled & seeded
  6. Mesh Sieve
  7. Coffee filters
  8. Pitcher
  9. Funnel
  10. 8-9 clear 375 ml wine bottles
  11. 8-9 corks
  12. Wine corker
Instructions
  1. Pour vodka into large jar.
  2. Peel & seed cucumbers, chop into large chunks and add to vodka.
  3. Cover tightly with saran wrap, add lid and let sit for approximately 4 days.
  4. Add fresh mint, cover and let sit another 3 days.
  5. Because the mint is a stronger flavor than cucumber, it takes much less time to steep flavor into the vodka.
  6. After you have been “cooking” the mint and cukes for a good week, get ready to bottle your potion.
  7. Using a fine mesh sieve and a coffee filter, begin straining your vodka into a large pitcher.
  8. Funnel into 375ml clear wine bottles and cork.
  9. I find I can usually get 8-9 finished bottles per batch.
  10. Very often I will save the booze-soaked cukes for cocktail garnishment.
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Ok so you’ve made the infused vodka. Now what do you do with it?
Here are a few of our fave recipes.
Liquid Summer Martini
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Ingredients
  1. 2 jiggers infused vodka
  2. dash dry vermouth
  3. cuke garnish
Instructions
  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, vodka & vermouth.
  2. Shake like a mother, until the flesh of your fingers are fused to the shaker.
  3. Strain into chilled martini glass & garnish with a boozy slice of cucumber.
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The Cukito
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Ingredients
  1. 1 jigger infused vodka
  2. fresh mint sprigs
  3. fresh lime
  4. club soda
  5. simple syrup
Instructions
  1. Much like a mojito.
  2. Fill a glass with simple syrup, mint and lime.
  3. Muddle.
  4. Add ice, vodka and enjoy.
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K.I.S.S (keep it simple, stupid)
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Ingredients
  1. 1 jigger infused vodka
  2. club soda
  3. ice
Instructions
  1. Serve vodka on the rocks
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Comments

  1. Wuuusaa Mama says:

    First Hand, Hands Down….WuuuSaaaa…for a couple days actually ;)

  2. Blade says:

    Mmmm… Cucumber mint vodka. Very refreshing!

  3. captain awesome says:

    Yummm! I’m so excited!

    I have the cukes soaking now – almost ready to add the mint!!

    …do I need to refrigerate the finished product?

  4. The Restaurant Widow says:

    Enjoy your infusion! No refrigeration needed, unless you prefer your vodka chilled.