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13 May 2016

A refreshing cocktail recipe featuring the flavors of crisp cucumber, fragrant cilantro, tart lemon and fiery serrano pepper, made a little sweet with sugar and rallied with cilantro vodka. Cocktail time, my friends!

Patty here with your next Thirsty Thirteenth. Spring is such a refreshing time of year. When everything starts blooming and people are spending more time outside, it makes me think differently about what type of cocktail I’d like to drink. I’m thinking FRESH, and seriously, what is fresher in flavor than cucumber? For this recipe, I’ve paired it with cilantro and serrano pepper for a bit of bite.

Spicy Cucumber Cocktail - Recipe

First, you will need to blend the cucumber to juice it and then strain it so you’re left with pure juice with no pulp. If you have a good juicer it will be even easier. Muddle the serrano and cilantro with cilantro vodka to get a really fresh flavor. Next, shake it all up to blend it all together. If you want it extra spicy, you may want to let it sit for a few hours. This drink isn’t super spicy as it’s a very quick infusion of the serranos. The combination of cucumber, cilantro and serrano is a truly refreshing cocktail. Club soda, lemon juice and a bit of sugar is added to balance it all out.

Spicy Cucumber Cocktail - Recipe

I had some fun with cucumber garnish on this and it’s really easy. Use a mandolin to slice long thin strips. The thinner they are, the easier they will bend. Then, use a cocktail skewer to pierce through it every ½ inch or so, weaving the cucumber. It is a nice touch if you are having a little cocktail party.

Mike’s Perspective: Oh baby! These are very fun. You KNOW I love the spice.

Spicy Cucumber Cocktail - Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
A refreshing cocktail recipe featuring the flavors of crisp cucumber, fragrant cilantro, tart lemon and fiery serrano pepper, made a little sweet with sugar and rallied with cilantro vodka. Cocktail time, my friends!
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Calories: 189 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon cilantro about 15 leaves
  • 1 small serrano thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 tablespoon raw sugar
  • 1 large cucumber cucumber
  • 4 ounces cilantro vodka
  • 4 ounces club soda
Instructions
  1. In a food processor or blender, place the cucumber, sugar and lemon juice. Blend until juiced.
  2. Strain through a fine strainer to remove all pulp.
  3. Place the cilantro and serrano into a cocktail shaker and pour in the juice. Muddle to break them down.
  4. Fill with ice and add cilantro vodka. Shake vigorously.
  5. Place ice in two glasses and split the cocktail between them.
  6. Top each off with club soda.
Recipe Notes

Serves 2

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Cucumber Cocktail - Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 189
% Daily Value*
Sodium 17mg 1%
Potassium 278mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 9g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 2.7%
Vitamin C 42.1%
Calcium 3.5%
Iron 3.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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