I have finally returned home from the luscious land of Jersey blueberries, tomatoes, and cheese steaks. I escaped right before Hurricane Irene’s big arrival to a sunny, 78 degrees, San Diego. Chrissy had laid out the conditions of my return weeks ago, and she was not going to let me back into the state of California without a piece of the Jersey Shore action. Her demands: Subs. A simple request which I was more than happy to oblige. Chrissy and I are just a bit worried now that Lauren may lash out in jealousy when she sees this.
Well, what better time to return home? I’m just in time to kick off another weekend at the LYK Relaxation Station. During the sizzling peak of summer, this martini will keep you cool as a cucumber!
Until now, we haven’t really seen too much from the cucumber. Aside from its common use as a standard salad topper, this mild yet refreshing vegetable (apparently it’s technically fruit) could never really bring the flavor factor… until now! This silent “fruit” had no problem infusing this martini with an intensely refreshing and sweet essence.
As always, the freshest ingredients and good liquor are the essentials to a fine cocktail.
Now, this one is simple. All you need to do is muddle, shake, and strain!
Before I let you get your weekend started, I must leave you with this parting quote I found in my research this week.
”Martinis– the first one is divine; the second will make a third seem like a good idea which, I assure you, it is
4 oz Vodka
1 oz St. Germain
1 oz Vermouth
¼ Large Cucumber (peeled, seeded, diced)
6 Large Basil Leaves (chopped medium-fine)
¼ Lime Juice
Muddle cucumber, lime juice, and basil together in a cocktail shaker.
Add vodka, St. Germain, and vermouth.
Fill with ice and shake well.
Strain into a martini glass.
Enjoy! Preferably on an outdoor patio.