Way back in August of 2014, we gathered with a group of about 200 people for our very first 3st of the Month. Since we were launching the concept, we really didn't have much of a theme, instead opting to bring together a variety of spirits.
One of those spirits was Prairie Organic Cucumber Vodka. Ever since then, we've had folks asking us about it and when they would get to have it again. Well, good news! They're coming back (with their Gin too!) for Juniper June.
For a while there, flavored vodkas seemed to be heading the direction of scented candles with nasty flavors like wedding cake and whipped cream. Thankfully, folks like Prairie are reclaiming flavored vodka for those of us that prefer real flavors. Their cucumber vodka is subtle and natural - and perfect for summer!
Playing off the fresh cucumber flavor, we decided to add a little extra freshness with fresh dill. Muddled, shaken and strained, it gives a unique edge to this notable spirit.
2 oz Prairie Organic Cucumber Vodka
1 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup
2 sprigs fresh dill (one for garnish)
3 oz seltzer
Muddle one sprig of dill in the bottom of your cocktail shaker to release aromatics. Add the Prairie Organic Cucumber vodka, lemon and simple before filling with ice and shaking like hell. Strain it into a collins glass with fresh ice and top with seltzer. Give it a light stir and garnish with the remaining sprig of fresh dill.