Monday, March 14, 2011

Wobegon Martini

I've been wanting to do a cucumber martini for a while now, and have debated whether I prefer Square One's variety of infused vodka or Hendrick's Gin which has a distinct cucumber taste. In the end, I decided that the vodka has much more pronounced cucumber flavor, but I really like the complex undertones of the gin. So we'll use both.

I addition, since creating the wintery Gunflint Martini, I've had the notion to invent four cocktails that reflect Minnesota's four seasons. (Even though natives will argue we have two: winter and potholes.) With the recent Ladyslipper Martini representing a flowery spring, I think this cucumber flavored martini does nicely for summer. Not too sweet, and with a nice green grassy aftertaste from the Zen Liqueur.

Stay tuned for my fall martini. ;)
  • 3 oz Square One Cucumber Vodka
  • 1 oz Hendrick's Gin
  • Splash of Zen Green Tea Liqueur
  • Juice from Half a Lime
  • Cucumber
Chill an up glass with crushed ice and water. Shake the ingredients with ice in a shaker until it sweats. Strain into the glass and garnish by floating 3 thin slices of peeled cucumber in the drink.