Cucumber and Mint Martini

Cocktail time!!  The sun is finally shining, and it is a balmy 75 degrees here in Seattle, time to celebrate!  As you know, I am addicted to cocktails made with cucumber.  If I am ever out and see one on the menu, I look no further.  I am starting to think I am not the only one out there, since I am starting to see them more and more – which makes me very happy…

About a year ago in New York City, I  met an old friend from high school at Mercer Kitchen in SOHO.  I heard the bar was decent, but I had no idea what I was in for.  I got there first, and I didn’t see a cocktail menu, so I just went safe and ordered a Cosmopolitan.  It was excellent, I must say.  My friend came, and she ordered one as well.  Just as they were delivering her drink, I noticed the bartender out of the corner of my eye – she was garnishing a martini glass with a cucumber.  I asked her what it was, and she told me it was a Cucumber Mint Martini (or something like that) – I really only heard the cucumber part, and I ordered one.  It was amazing – seriously amazing, I had two.  I don’t drink a lot, but these were just too good.  My friend also ordered a couple and she was hooked.

It just so happens that this friend moved to Seattle just nine months later…and I told her that when I have her over for dinner, that I would figure out the recipe for our favorite drink.  I think I got it – at least she thinks so as well.  Now I keep sliced cucumbers and simple syrup in the refrigerator so I am ready whenever I get the urge…just like tonight.


  • 5 thin slices of cucumber
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons simple syrup
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup Hendrick’s Gin (or Vodka if you prefer)
  • Ice


To make simple syrup, put equal parts of sugar and water in a small saucepan and heat until all the sugar is dissolved and bowl for a few minutes.  Cool.

In a cocktail shaker, muddle the cucumber, simple syrup and mint leaves.  Add the fresh lime juice and the gin or vodka.  Shake with ice, then strain in a martini glass.

Makes 1 delicious martini.

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