|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||1%|
|Total Carbohydrate 21g||8%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||5%|
|*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.|
Melons and cucumbers are a perfect pairing. The duo comes together in spectacular fashion in the melon-cucumber-tini. This easy three-ingredient vodka martini is very refreshing and makes a delightful summer drink. It's fantastic for brunch and barbecues, or anytime you're entertaining and need a drink that's a little extraordinary but still quick to mix up.
- 3 slices fresh cucumber
- 2 ounces melon vodka
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- Garnish: cucumber slice
Gather the ingredients.
Add the vodka and simple syrup, and fill with ice.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with a cucumber slice. Serve and enjoy.
- There are a handful of "melon" vodkas on the market. This recipe was intended to use vodka flavored with a blend of various melons, including honeydew, cantaloupe, and watermelon. Some vodkas use watermelon alone, and that will work just fine.
- You can also make your own melon vodka. It's an easy infusion that should take about a week and can be created with your own custom blend of melons.
- For the cucumber, you might want to use an English cucumber rather than the average slicer. The English variety is less bitter because the seeds are smaller. Since they are so tiny, it's usually not bothersome if a few sneak through the strainer.
- If you're using cucumber with larger seeds, you might want to fine strain the drink. This simply entails pouring through the shaker's regular strainer as well as a fine-mesh strainer that's placed over the glass. The second strainer should catch all the seeds and cucumber bits.
- If you're entertaining, mix up a small pitcher rather than individual drinks. Simply multiply each of the ingredients for the number of servings you need, stir it well with ice, and strain it into the serving pitcher. Store it in the refrigerator and it will be ready to pour into cocktail glasses.
- Make this drink tall by straining it over ice in a collins or highball glass. Fill it with ginger ale or a citrus soda. You could even use your favorite sparkling wine.
- Another option is to make cucumber-flavored simple syrup, which would reduce this to a two-ingredient drink. It's incredibly easy and a lot like making ginger simple syrup, you'll simply need to switch to slices of cucumber.
How Strong Is a Melon Cucumber-tini?
The majority of commercial flavored vodkas are bottled at just 70 proof, but if you do a homemade infusion, you'll likely use an 80-proof vodka. Taking an average of the two, the melon cucumber-tini should have an alcohol content in the 24 percent ABV (48 proof) range. It's equivalent to drinking a cosmopolitan.