Here is a pretty a delicious recipe for a green cocktail with a fringed cucumber garnish. The video below will show you how to make the garnish. It’s delicious and pleasing to look at, too. In an earlier blog post I showed a healthy green smoothie for St. Patrick’s Day. Now it’s time for an adult drink.
If you like martini or gimlet drinks that aren’t too sweet and that aren’t too strong tasting, you’ll love this refreshing green cocktail made with fresh cucumber, basil, and lime juice. It’s a perfect blend of fresh, and tangy with a touch of sweetness. Make it with vodka for a martini or with gin for a gimlet. Either way, it’s great.
I served this green cocktail recently when we had some friends over to play cards. Everyone commented numerous time on how much they liked it. One friend told me it should be my signature drink. They even joked about how it is healthy. :~) It does actually have some healthy ingredients. I served each drink with a different style of cucumber garnish so that we could easily remember who’s glass was who’s.
Fringed Cucumber Garnish for Green Cocktail
This video will show you how to make a simple fringed cucumber garnish to decorate the side of your martini glass. Below that, you will find the recipe for this tasty green cocktail.
Green Cocktail Recipe
You will need:
Cucumbers 2 or 3
Fresh basil leaves – about 10-20
Sugar 1/2 cup
Water 1/2 cup
Make before your party
Fresh Cucumber Juice – Peel one or 2 cucumbers, any kind will do – ordinary cucumbers, Persian cucumbers, or English or hothouse cucumbers. Juice them in a juicer. If you don’t have a juicer, no problem. Just puree the cucumbers in a food processor or blender and them put in a fine strainer over a bowl. Let the juice drip into the bowl. Push through whatever juice you can and discard the pulp.
If you want light green juice, remove all the peel before you juice or puree them. If you want a darker more vibrant green cocktail, leave some of the dark green peel on.
Refrigerate the juice.
Squeeze the limes and refrigerate the juice.
Make the basil simple syrup. Put 1/2 cup each of water and sugar into a sauce pan. Bring to a boil just to melt the sugar. Take off the heat and add 10 or more basil leaves to the sugar water. Cover and let sit for an hour. Refrigerate. Lift the basil leaves out of the syrup with a fork. You now have basil simple syrup ready to use.
Now you are ready to make your green cocktail.
To make 2 green cocktails, combine the following ingredients in a martini shaker with crushed ice:
Fresh cucumber juice - 2 ounces
Fresh squeezed lime juice – 1 ounce
Basil simple syrup – 1 ounce
Gin or vodka – whichever you prefer 3 ounces
Shake, strain and serve. Taste. Modify as you like adding more syrup to make it sweeter, more lime to make it tangier, whatever you like. More cucumber juice will smooth the flavor of your green cocktail.
Add a fringed cucumber garnish, or a simple slice of cucumber to the side of the glass. And you have a really beautiful and tasty green cocktail.
With the proportions I gave above you will have enough fresh juices and basil syrup to make several more servings.
Alternative Flavors for your Green Cocktails
The first time I tasted a cucumber martini was at J&G Steakhouse which is at the W Hotel in Washington D.C. just across the street from the White House. My husband and I ate dinner there the night that I carved pumpkins at the White House. It had been a long cold day and it actually snowed. We were happy to be warm and dry and to enjoy a really nice dinner. Anyway, their version of the cucumber cocktail had mint and ginger instead of basil.
With the above recipe, you can substitute mint for the basil and make mint simple syrup.
If you like your can finely grate some fresh ginger and squeeze a few drops of the ginger juice into the shaker.
For a faster version, I suppose you can use an already prepared sweetened lime juice like Roses Lime Juice. And you can muddle fresh mint leaves or basil leaves instead of making the simple syrup.
For an alcohol free green mocktail, you can substitute sparkling water for the gin or vodka.
For a refreshing summer sipper, add a larger volume of sparkling water and serve in a tall glass.
Super simple garnish – float a very thin slice of cucumber with a basil or mint leaf on top.
If you want to avoid processed white sugar, your can substitute agave syrup for the simple syrup and sweeten your green cocktail to taste. Muddle the basil to add the basil (or mint) flavor.
Anyway that you make it, I hope that you enjoy this refreshing green cocktail with the fringed cucumber garnish as much a we do.