Cocktail of the Week: Cucumber Basil Vodka Gimlet

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This week, we invite you to unwind with this refreshing, herby drink -- the Cucumber Basil Vodka Gimlet. We break it all down for you below -- but be sure to watch the video above for a closer look at how it's done.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 large seedless cucumber, coarsely chopped and divided
  • 2/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2/3 cup vodka
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 fresh basil sprigs

Instructions:

  1. Place sugar and 1/2 of cucumber pieces in a large, wide-mouthed glass or a 2-cup measuring cup.
  2. Muddle lightly.
  3. Add lime juice until sugar is dissolved.
  4. Pour lime juice mixture through a fine mesh sieve into another 2-cup measuring cup.
  5. Stir in vodka and water.
  6. Fill two lowball glasses with ice. Divide cocktail and remaining cucumber pieces between two glasses.
  7. Garnish with basil.
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