Happy hour cocktail of the day: Cucumber mint cocktail

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Cucumber and Mint Cocktail

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 6

Ingredients
  • 1 whole cucumber, skin removed and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3/4 cup simple syrup
  • 3 cups ginger ale (we used 2 cans of Hansen's)
  • 1 cup vodka (optional)
  • slices of cucumber (garnish)
Instructions
  • In a blender, combine the chopped cucumber with a tablespoon of water. Blend until completely pureed then set aside.
  • In the pitcher you will be serving your cocktail out of, combine the fresh mint, lime juice and simple syrup. If you have a muddler, use it now to mash the ingredients together (If you don't have a muddler, I have found that the bottom of a long wooden spoon works perfectly).
  • At this point, add in your reserved pureed cucumber and vodka. Add about a cup or two of ice (this step is optional if you will be serving right away -- otherwise skip so the mixture doesn't become watered down) and then top off with the ginger ale.
  • With a long wooden spoon or stirrer mix the liquid together. If you have a lid to your pitcher that closes tightly, feel free to shake. Garnish with cucumber slices and enjoy!

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