Cucumber Martini with Elderflower Liqueur
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 large ripe cucumbers
  • 4 ounces elderflower liqueur, such as St. Germain
  • 2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 4 jiggers (1 ½ ounces) cucumber-flavored vodka
Instructions
  1. With a thin-blade knife (or kitchen mandoline), cut 12 thin round slices of cucumber (with the peel). Cover and refrigerate
  2. Peel the remaining cucumber and cut into chunks. In the container of a blender, add the cucumber, elderflower liqueur, and lime juice, and blend on high until completely puréed.
  3. For each drink, add ice to a cocktail shaker along with a jigger of vodka. Add 2 jiggers of the cucumber purée, and shake vigorously. Strain the contents into a chilled martini glass and garnish with 3 cucumber slices. Serve immediately. Repeat for additional cocktails.
Notes
You can use the regular cucumbers or the English variety. You can remove the seeds, but I find that my heavy-duty blender will pulverize them fine. If you do not have a blender, then muddle the cucumbers (definitely remove the seeds) in a cocktail shaker until puréed. Although strained at serving, some of the pulp of the cucumber is a key component of the drink and will coat the inside rim of the glass for effect. I will admit that buying cucumber-flavored vodka is a nice touch, but not necessary for the recipe; feel free to use any quality unflavored vodka. Optional to the martini glass, mix up a big batch of the cocktail (vodka-added) in a pitcher, pour over ice-filled glasses, and garnish with cucumber slices.
Recipe by Acadiana Table at https://www.acadianatable.com/2018/06/25/cucumber-martini/