|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 8g||3%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||3%|
|Total Sugars 3g|
|Vitamin C 5mg||23%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This cucumber martini is cool and refreshing and bursting with the taste of cucumbers. The vegetable is muddled before being shaken with vodka and vermouth, allowing for the mild melon flavors to come through and complement the liquor beautifully.
To give this cocktail an extra dose of cucumber, you can make a batch of cucumber vodka ahead of time and use it in place of the plain vodka. This recipe is for a single cocktail but is easy enough to double or triple—it all depends on how big your cocktail shaker is. It is better, however, to mix up less at a time than try to make one giant batch where the ingredients won't get properly shaken.
“Muddling the cucumber slices in the cocktail shaker before adding the vodka and vermouth really adds a touch of freshness and seasonality to a simple martini. This cocktail is fresh, crisp, and delicious.” —Joan Velush
3 thick slices cucumber, plus thin slices for garnish
2 1/2 ounces vodka, or gin
1/2 ounce dry vermouth
1 cup ice
Gather the ingredients.
Put the thick cucumber slices in a cocktail shaker. Use a muddler or a wooden spoon to muddle, or crush, the cucumber slices a bit to bring out more of their flavor.
Pour in the vodka and the dry vermouth.
Swirl just a bit to combine, then add the ice.
Put the top on the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds. (It's important that you shake for this length of time.) This not only mixes the ingredients but also melts some of the ice into the cocktail to soften its edges and blend the flavors.
Strain the mixture into a martini glass.
Garnish with thin slices of fresh cucumber and serve.
- Common garden cucumbers or hothouse cucumbers are perfectly fine in this cocktail, but if you have another type of cucumber on hand, this is a great place to use them and appreciate their slightly different flavors. Lemon cucumbers, in particular, are a fun choice.
- If you don't have a cocktail shaker, you can use a jar with a screw-top lid.
- Like all martinis, these pack a punch. The first one may go down easy, but watch out for the second one: It will make a third seem like a good idea, which it is most definitely not.
- Add a grind or two of freshly ground black pepper; it adds a lovely bit of heat to the cool cucumber, as well as a floral note to the final cocktail.
- For a nice, herbal touch, include a few fresh green herbs in the shaker. Consider mint, thyme, or basil; chervil is an unexpected twist, and dill, if used sparingly, is tasty, too.
- Citrus and cucumber go very well together; add a twist of lemon or lime along with the thin cucumber slices.
How Strong is the Cucumber Martini?
Any type of vodka martini is not considered a strong drink. With an 80-proof vodka and a typical dry vermouth, this one mixes up to about 28 percent ABV (56 proof). That means two martinis are stronger than a straight shot of vodka, so take it slow and think before mixing up the next one.
Is a vodka martini really a martini?
The original martini recipe includes gin, not vodka, and martini purists will state that if this cocktail is made with vodka it is not a true martini. You may see the drink labeled as "vodka martini" when it's made with this liquor. Vodka offers a smoother taste while gin brings botanical flavor and complexity to the martini.