I’ve gotten to become a fan of cucumber juice over time as it is a great way to bring a really fresh taste to any cocktail. I finally found a good way to extract a good quantity of juice and then I had to come up with some good ideas of what to mix it with. Then, I thought, why not whiskey. After putting whiskey + cucumber juice in Google I got a number of hits for an Irish Maid…never heard of it, but tried some combinations and became a believer. Here’s what I did, and it was lovely:
- Knob Creek – 2oz
- Cucumber Juice – 1oz
- Mint Simple Syrup – 1/2oz (you can use a bunch of mint leaves and little sugar if you don’t have the time)
- St. Germain – 1oz (this stuff is gangsta if you’ve never used it before and can almost replace using any sugar)
- Juice of 1/2 a fresh squeezed lemon
Don’ get much better than this on a hot Summer afternoon or a cold Winter one for that matter!
Well, first, why? The answer – I’ve had cucumber in a few drinks over time and always found that it added a really refreshing touch to whatever it was in. So, I thought I’d do it myself and then see what kind of fun cocktails I could come up with.
So, I tried to make it a couple of times in different ways and didn’t get much juice. Doesn’t seem that hard, so I tried doing it a little different. The below worked great and I got a lot of juice out of it.
First, I cut the ends off 2 cucumbers and peeled them. Next, I blended them down as much as I could. Then I put the blended cucumber through a strainer and the remainder became fantastic cucumber juice.
What to do with it? You can use it for lemonade or a whole assortment of cocktails…great w/ Vodka, Kentucky Bourbon, even Mezcal. One warning is it doesn’t keep very long, so make it and use it within a couple of days. Cocktail recipes on the way…
I couldn’t resist on the name. I was playing with some ingredients (Mezcal + cucumber juice) and came up with this:
A little smoky from the Mezcal, a little cold from the cucumber…blam, Smoky Cold Medina!