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Cucumber Lime Zinger Cocktail

The Cucumber Lime Zinger

Recipe adapted from Summer Cocktails: Margaritas, Mint Juleps, Punches, Party Snacks, and More.
Servings 1 drink
Author Brandon Matzek

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary needles
  • 2 slices English cucumber
  • 2 oz. Cucumber Dill and Black Pepper Infused Vodka* (recipe below)
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons simple syrup**, plus more to taste
  • Small pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup chilled sparkling water
  • Cucumber round and rosemary sprig, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Place rosemary needles and cucumber slices in a cocktail shaker, and muddle to release cucumber juice and rosemary oils. Add infused vodka, lime zest, lime juice, simple syrup, salt and ice. Shake until well-chilled (about 30 seconds). Gently stir in sparkling water, then taste for sweetness. If it's too tart, stir in a bit more simple syrup. Double strain (through the cocktail strainer and a fine mesh strainer) into an ice-filled glass, and garnish with a cucumber round and rosemary sprig.

Recipe Notes

* Don't want to make infused vodka? Try this with regular vodka, white rum or gin.

** Please don't buy simple syrup. It's very easy to make at home. Place equal parts sugar and water in a small saucepan (for example, 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar), bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and let boil for 1 minute. Take the saucepan off the heat, and let the simple syrup cool to room temperature before using. Done! How easy is that? Simple syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for many weeks.