Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Cool as a Cucumber

From Living in the Kitchen with Puppies:

It's summertime, and the living is easy. Ok, the living might not be easy.. but produce is plentiful and this weekend I am spotlighting the humble cucumber.
By this time of year they are cheap and cheerful and we buy them in bulk. Buy the English variety that have the plastic sleeves and are not waxed, then you can eat the peel. Better yet, find a friend or local organic farmer who has a bumper crop.
Cucumbers are great to eat in the summer or with spicy foods, they are cooling and their high water content keeps you hydrated. According to, they are also a good source of Vitamin A, Pantothenic Acid, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Potassium.
Here is a cocktail(!) to feature this fabulous fruit. You thought they were a vegetable? They are biologically a fruit, just like the tomato.

Cucumber Cooler
Saveur Magazine, July 2009

1 2" piece cucumber, thinly sliced crosswise, plus 1 additional slice for garnish
1⁄8 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
1 1⁄2 oz. vodka
1⁄2 oz. simple syrup

In a cocktail shaker, combine the cucumber slices, thyme, and 1⁄4 cup crushed ice. Using a muddler, crush ingredients until slushy. Add more ice, vodka, and simple syrup. Cover, shake vigorously to combine, and pour contents into a glass garnished with a slice of cucumber.
*This is a strong drink, I like it topped with soda water


girlichef said...

This just sounds so darn refreshing. And it's pretty. And I want another one of your cocktails. My current tequila and coke is totally lacking (but I'll take it) ;-)

Kim said...

What a gorgeous drink - so pretty! I bet the touch of thyme gives it a slight earthiness.