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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Cucumber Vodka

That's right I said Vodka. Why not? When reader ERIN sent in her Cucumber Popsicle Recipe and suggested a cucumber cocktail, it hit me to make infused vodka. It's super easy and delightfully refreshing for these last days of summer.

Learn How to Make Cucumber Infused Vodka and my Cucumber Mint Cocktail after the jump...

And leave a comment telling us what kind of vodka you'd like to try and you could win the adorable baking cups pictured up there on the left!

How to Make Cucumber Infused Vodka

You'll need: A cucumber, some vodka, and a bottle:

1. Peel the cucumber. Then use your vegetable peeler to make thin strips of cucumber, stopping when you get down to the seeds:

2. Slip the thin strips of cucumber into your bottle:

3. Pour the vodka into the bottle on top of the cucumber, then use a chopstick or some other instrument to push the cucumber down and mix it all up:

4. Stick it in the fridge and let it sit to infuse for about four days or a week. Then strain the vodka out. I haven't figured out an efficient way of removing the cucumber from the bottle. You want to either drink all the vodka within a few weeks or remove the cucumber because eventually it will go bad. Not for a while but eventually. Hang a cute label around the neck of the bottle.

For the cocktails, I muddled some fresh mint, added a tablespoon of sugar, two tablespoons of lime juice, and one part cucumber vodka to one part soda water. Deelish!

You can totally do this with pretty much any melon - cantaloupe or honeydew might be good? I think adding a few jalapenos would be awesome for a spicy cocktail. What do you think would be a good one to try? Let us know in the comments and you could win those gorgeous baking cups from Bake it Pretty pictured up there on the left!

P.S. I'm drunk.

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Blogger crafterhours said...

Mango mango mango!!!! Can you tell I'd like it with mango?!

August 26, 2010 at 3:34 AM  
OpenID theballonwhiskandthepyrexdish said...

I want to try making cinnamon vodka (hmmm, cinammon vodka with apple juice sounds so yummy!), or maybe even candy cane vodka for Christmas - my Christmas spirit in a bottle!

August 26, 2010 at 3:58 AM  
Blogger Mariel said...

Oooh now your speaking my language! I agree with the other comment, mango would be tasty! I'm quite impressed that you were able to write this post after "quality testing" that recipe! :-)

August 26, 2010 at 5:32 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

What is so funny about this is I got my inspiration for the popsicles from a cucumber martini that was made with cucumber infused vodka.

August 26, 2010 at 5:55 AM  
Blogger That one girl said...

I made this before and YUM!

You know what is REALLY good but sounds kinda bad? Horseradish Vodka.

Double YUM!

August 26, 2010 at 6:06 AM  
Blogger Jacinda said...

I asked my OB if he would be willing write me a note for my husband saying that it was perfectly fine for me to have a beer or glass of wine, especially after the first trimester. After all he had just said so. He laughed. I'm not kidding dude, get out that notepad!

August 26, 2010 at 6:51 AM  
Blogger Jacinda said...

This sounds delish by the way. I love the cucumber water they serve at spas.

August 26, 2010 at 6:51 AM  
Blogger EG said...

That sounds so refreshing, and your P.S. made my day!

I can't think of anything that sounds better than cucumber at the moment, but I'll say watermelon vodka.

August 26, 2010 at 7:34 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I make Jalapeno infused vodka. It's so good for Jalapeno Margaritas, and Bloody Mary's! YUM!

August 26, 2010 at 8:06 AM  
Blogger asia said...

Yum! If you love cucumber with your alcohol (I'm a gin girl myself) you should look at my brothers recipe for his cosmic cucumber on his website look under concoctions... it's delicious!!


August 26, 2010 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger jessincincy said...

Love infused vodka. We've done olive, pomegranate, peach, etc....but the best was the peppercorn vodka. It made the most amazing bloody mary's!

August 26, 2010 at 9:36 AM  
Blogger Not Just A Mommy! said...

Hmm...I'm not much of a drinker, I do like my occasional girly drinks, but the idea of infusing vodka is just too good to pass up. I know my wino friends would definately be on board with this for our next GNO!

August 26, 2010 at 10:22 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

you're hilarious.
p.s. i'm drunk too!

August 26, 2010 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger Morgan said...

bahahahahahaaaaa! Oh man, how jealous I am right now. You can bet I'll be making this next March (!!!sob!!!!) when I can drink again. I love me some vodka.

August 26, 2010 at 11:02 AM  
OpenID naptimeinspiration said...

Mmmmm! Locally around here they've started making cucumber martinis. YUMMY! They rim the glass with Trechas which is a fruit chile powder that has a sweet & sour taste to it. Those drinks are AMAZING, I think I could start making my own with your cucumber vodka recipe! Thank you!!

August 26, 2010 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger meganeliz9 said...

A local restaurant served these really awesome cucumber martinis with cucumber juice and Absolut Peppar. The glass featured a "salt and pepper rim job." Ha! They must have known I was coming.

August 26, 2010 at 12:15 PM  
Blogger Tegan Aubrie said...

I'm going to make this tonight! And then opt for drinking all the vodka. I mean, within a few weeks... of course...

August 26, 2010 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger Anna Marie said...

Wowzers! Larry the Cucumber grew up and got down with his bad self!

I would like to try pineapple infused.

August 26, 2010 at 1:02 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I like your honesty. I'm going to start signing all my blog posts with "PS I'm drunk."

August 26, 2010 at 2:02 PM  
Blogger stylefyles said...

hmmmm You know what I just think I might want to try your cucumber infused vodka! Is that okay? To pick the one you just wrote about? You make it look super tasty!

August 26, 2010 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger The Prickly Pinecone said...

This sounds so disgustingly yummy I may have to try it myself!


August 26, 2010 at 4:55 PM  
OpenID j3nny3lf said...

I've done this using Red Hots. It's AWESOME!

August 26, 2010 at 6:35 PM  
Blogger Tanya said...

Oh .. that looks so refreshing! How about a Rosemary infused vodka -- I love Rosemary!

August 26, 2010 at 7:29 PM  
Blogger dianne said...

I don't know if it would be any good but something with tomatoes that isn't a ceasar. We have tons of fresh tomatoes right now.

August 26, 2010 at 8:49 PM  
Blogger Glo said...

Beautiful bottle, but terribly impractical for the infusion part of the process. Just use a jar with a WIDE mouth. Once you think the vodka has been sufficiently infused, strain it out, throw the cucumber away, and filter the vodka through a coffee filter. THEN you can put it in your fancy bottle.

August 27, 2010 at 12:20 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I've made a few infused vodkas, and suggest making it in a wide-mouthed glass jar, then once it's infused, strain out the cucumber and put the vodka into a clean bottle. The vodka should keep a lot longer without the cucumber bits in it.

Perfect summer drink! Thanks for sharing.
Amanda @ Vintage Savoir Faire

August 27, 2010 at 12:23 AM  
Blogger The Lead Dog said...

What about basil? Since it doesn't have to be pretty, you could use the stems from basil used for pesto...

August 27, 2010 at 6:27 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

What an excellent gift idea also!

August 27, 2010 at 7:00 AM  
Blogger Meghan said...

A bar in my hometown has a bacon infused burbon... it's actually delicious! they also have a cucumber vodka too. i never thought of doing it at home though! great idea

August 27, 2010 at 7:15 AM  
Blogger Terri said...

This sounds delicious! I may have to try it since my garden is producing a plethora of cucumbers!

August 29, 2010 at 4:45 PM  
Blogger April said...

I made this the weekend after you posted it and made the cocktails for some visiting friends this past weekend and received mad props on the mix master skills! only thing i would do different is make a simple syrup and of course make mine in a larger glass ... other wise it was perfect! great idea!

September 13, 2010 at 3:30 PM  

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