I saw a cucumber drink recipe in “Cooking Light” magazine called “Aqua Fresca de Pepino” I thought it would make a great Cucumber Martini…..if it taste good without vodka it sure must taste better with vodka was the theory. 🙂
I had Ron do the work while I took the pics…….I like to make him do the dirty work.
1st peel and seed the cucumber about 2 mediums should do.
Then cut them up into chunks.
Toss in the blender and add 1/4 cup of sugar and that pinch of pepper. (if you use fresh pepper it calls for 1/4 pepper seeded)
Toss it in the blender and add 3 cups of water and 3tbs fresh lime juice and blend.
After it is blended up put it all into the fridge and let it sit overnight. (or a few hours until dinner is ready) and then strain in a sieve and toss the pulp.
I ran it through the sieve 2x’s to make sure I got all the pulp. Mix it with vodka in a shaker with ice and a squeeze of lime.
OH MY WORD!! SO GOOD!
Serve this refreshing cooler on a hot day-it’s perfect with spicy Mexican food. Because we only include a tiny amount of seeded Serrano pepper, the beverage doesn’t become very spicy but picks up the “green” vegetal flavors of the pepper. We had it with a “MANGO CHICKEN QUESADILLAS” which I will be posting tomorrow!
Here is the “Virgin” drink and recipe from myrecipes.com and it’s the same as in the magazine I saw.
Yield: 4 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)
- 3 cups chopped seeded peeled cucumber (about 2 medium)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1/4 serrano pepper, seeded
- 3 cups water
- Lime slices (optional)
- Cucumber slices (optional)
1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a blender; process until smooth. Add 3 cups water; cover and refrigerate the mixture overnight.
2. Strain cucumber mixture through a fine sieve over a pitcher; discard solids. Serve over ice; garnish with lime or cucumber slices, if desired.