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This cucumber martini is a crisp, cool take on the classic cocktail, featuring the refreshing scent of this hydrating vegetable.
What’s in a cucumber martini?
This cucumber martini is a spin on the vodka martini, which itself is a spin on the classic martini. The dry martini is on the list of International Bartender Association’s IBA official cocktails , meaning it has an official definition: gin and vermouth. The cucumber version swaps vodka for gin, and adds a few special ingredients that bring new life to the classic! Here are the ingredients in a cucumber martini:
- Dry white vermouth
- St Germain
- 2 slices cucumber
How to make a cucumber martini (basic steps)
It’s very simple to make a cucumber martini! All you’ll need is a cocktail shaker, a muddler (or wooden spoon), and a martini glass. Here are the basic steps (or jump to the recipe):
- Place the cucumber slices in the bottom of a cocktail shaker and muddle them! See below for more.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and ice. Shake for 15 seconds until cold.
- Strain into a glass and garnish with cucumber slices.
The right way to muddle
Muddling is gently mashing herbs or fruits, or in this case vegetables to release their juices. This is often used when making cocktails like this cucumber martini, because it helps the flavors incorporate better than if you just threw the whole ingredient right into the drink.