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Cucumber Martini March 30, 2011

Filed under: Colorful Fruit and Veggie Challenge,Food,HOME,Recipe — Sharon @ 12:36 pm

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.  🙂

It is really simple ingredients, Sugar, cucumber, lime, and a little serrano chilli.  (we used homemade powdered chili just a pinch)

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.

Agua Fresca de Pepino

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)

Ingredients

  • 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
  • Ice
  • Lime slices (optional)
  • Cucumber slices (optional)

Preparation

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.

Nutritional Information

Calories:
54
Fat:
0.1g (sat 0.0g,mono 0.0g,poly 0.0g)
Protein:
0.2g
Carbohydrate:
14g
Fiber:
0.2g
Cholesterol:
0.0mg
Iron:
0.1mg
Sodium:
6mg
Calcium:
11mg

http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=10000001988581

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