Spring for Drinks: Cucumber Cocktails

By  February 28, 2011

In just a few short weeks, the snow boots will come off and warmer weather, fragrant flowers, and beautiful breezes will grace us with their presence. We can’t wait for many alfresco happy hours with ice-cold cocktails in hand. We want something refreshing, light, and delicious — something that screams springtime. Cucumber is the newest flavor from Effen Vodka, and in honor of its debut next month, we’re sharing a few fun recipes for delightful drinks. Let’s toast to the season! (It’s almost here!… We promise!)

Cucumber Coconut Palm
1 ½ parts Effen Cucumber Vodka
1 ½ parts Coconut Water
1 Small Kiwi or half a large kiwi, peeled
¾ parts Lemon Juice
¾ parts Simple Syrup
Combine ingredients, squeezing or muddling the kiwi, into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a tall glass with ice.

Cucumber Bloody Mary
2 parts Effen Cucumber Vodka
2 Basil leaves, torn
4 parts Tomato Juice
¾ parts Bloody Mary Seasoning
Combine ingredients in a cocktails shaker with ice.  Pour into a glass with ice and garnish with lime and basil leaf.

Cucumber Basil Temptress
1 ½ parts Effen Cucumber Vodka
¾ parts simple syrup
3 leaves of Basil
1 ½ parts club soda
Combine all ingredients, except club soda, to a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain it into a tall glass with ice. Add club soda and garnish with cucumber and basil leaf.

Cucumber Blonde Bloody Mary
2 parts Effen Cucumber Vodka
4 Grape Tomatoes
1 dash Celery Salt
2 dash Pepper
2 dash Worcestershire
1 dash Tabasco
½ part Lime Juice
2 parts Blonde Beer
Muddle tomato with spices; add to cocktail shaker with remaining ingredients and ice and shake. Strain into a salted rim glass with ice and beer and garnish with a celery stick.