Who says you have to be healthy to Go Green? (Besides Hipcooks, usually!)
This March, we’re toasting all the leprechauns out there with a green drink that’s actually drinkable. Happy St Patrick’s Day!
The secret to making this cocktail such a vibrant green is to use a cucumber with edible skin (like English, Japanese, or Persian) and grate it with the skin on. Then, when you squeeze the juice, you’ll have a bright green cucumber juice for the cocktail. And wouldn’t you know it? The vitamins are in the skin anyway, so you get healthy points, too. Cheers to you!
For the cucumber juice:
1 English cucumber
For the cocktail:
2 ½ ounces sake
1 ounce vodka or gin, your preference
juice of 1 lemon
1 ounce green cucumber juice (see recipe below)
1 strip of cucumber, peeled with a veggie peeler, as a garnish
Make the cucumber juice:
First, peel a strip (or two) from the cucumber and use it to garnish the martini glass.
Using a Microplane, grate at least half of the cucumber, skin and all. Squeeze the grated cucumber over a bowl and you’ll get at least a few ounces of vibrant green cucumber juice.
Make the cocktail:
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, and add the sake, vodka, lemon juice, and cucumber juice. Shake vigorously. Strain into the garnished martini glass.