A delicious, refreshing cocktail reminiscent of a day at the spa!
1 English cucumber
10 basil leaves
1/2 measure simple syrup (or 1–2 tsp. sugar)
1 lime, juiced
2 measures vodka
1 measure Cointreau (or Triple Sec)
3 measures cucumber juice
To make the cucumber water
Peel cucumber, cut in chunks and process in food processor or blender until pureed. Pour into fine sieve set over a bowl to drain juice. Use a wooden spoon to press on the solids to get as much liquid out as possible. Toss the solids and save the juice.
To make the cocktail
Add ice to cocktail shaker. Add basil, simple syrup or sugar and lime juice. Shake well. Add vodka, Cointreau, and cucumber juice. Shake well again. Strain into martini glass. Garnish with cucumber slice
For a variation on this drink try muddling watermelon chunks with the basil, lime and simple syrup.