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When I think of England, I think of cucumber tea sandwiches. Well, it’s one of the things I think about. Pubs is another. I haven’t had a cocktail in 15 5 weeks. I deserve at least a bronze medal for that. (It feels much longer than 5!) In honor of the Olympics host country, I combined cucumbers with drinking. Cheerio.

cucumber basil martiniCucumber-Basil Martini

(for margarita version, substitute gin or vodka with tequila; for mojito, substitute gin or vodka with rum. Consider switching out the basil with cilantro.)

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz gin or vodka
  • 1/2 oz Devo Olive Oil’s White Grapefruit Balsamic
  • 1 lime, juiced, save peel for muddling
  • 4 slices cucumber, peeled
  • 1/4 c fresh basil (1/2 to 3/4 of a cup, loosely packed)
  • Garnish with cucumber slice and lime wedge, if desired

If you don’t have the balsamic, substitute with fruit juice, grapefruit soda or flavored sparkling water.

Directions:

  • Muddle cucumber, basil and lime peel in shaker.
  • Add gin, balsamic and lime juice.
  • Fill with ice and shake.
  • Strain into serving glass.
  • Garnish with lime wedge and cucumber slice, if desired.
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