Cucumber Margarita

It seems silly at first glance, but the flavor of cucumber in cocktails really does work. If you really think about it, it's a flavor that's similar to melon, only brighter. So why not put it in a damn drink?

Okay then, we will. Er, we did.

A great margarita is a simple game of proportions. Tequila, acid (usually lime of course), a little flavor - often from triple sec or curacao, and some sweetness from agave. Once you've got this balance, you can fuck with all you want to add other flavors by swapping out the triple sec, using other acids to compliment the lime or just adding a little something extra for flavor. Like cucumber juice.

It's pretty easy to make cucumber juice. If you have a juicer, just put a washed cucumber in it (preferably organic since you'll leave the skin on). If not, take that same washed, organic cucumber and either mince it in a food processor or grate it into a bowl with a small cheese grater or microplane grater. Scoop up that pulp into cheesecloth and squeeeeeeze! That bright green juice that comes from it will work in many drinks. Like this one...

equipment

cocktail shaker
strainer
martini or cocktail glass

ingredients

2 oz tequila, like Olmeca Altos
.75 oz fresh lime juice
.75 oz triple sec
.25 oz agave nectar
1 oz cucumber juice
slice of cucumber for garnish


method

Combine all ingredients except for the garnish in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake the shit out of it. Strain into a martini glass or into a rocks glass with fresh ice rocks if you prefer. Garnish with the slice of cucumber. 


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