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A Nice Problem

Posted By Jenny On August 1, 2013 @ 9:57 am In Drinks,Entertaining | 13 Comments

I live in the suburbs — land of the two-car garage, of strip malls, and of people walking around saying things like “Here take this bushel of cucumbers! They are overtaking my backyard and I don’t know what to do with them!” (This kind of complaint, of course, is filed right alongside the one about that Spicy Shrimp [1] dish that comes together so fast that I don’t have time to enjoy a glass of wine while I make it, i.e. a very nice problem.) Well, here’s what I say to that. You could peel and slice up those cucumbers real thin, mix them with seasoned rice wine vinegar, a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and tons of dill, which we’ve been doing a lot of lately. Or you could puree those suckers in a blender, strain the pulp and drink up the bounty. Cucumber juice is August-y and crazy refreshing on its own, but this cocktail, created for DALS by the Blue Hill Stone Barns [2] Beverage Team (I’m so glad they don’t call themselves “mixologists”) is currently my favorite solution to the cucumber overload issue. It’s light, summery, easy going down (uh, maybe a little too easy)…and would you look at that beautiful color? That in itself is worth the price of admission. Problem solved.

Cucalytus Punch
Makes one drink.

2 ounces dry gin (we use Greylock [3])
2 ounces cucumber juice [4] (made my blending peeled, seeded cucumbers with a little water, then strained; it works out to about 1 medium size cucumber per cocktail)
1/2 ounces eucalyptus ginger syrup (I just made plain ginger syrup [5] which they said was fine)
1/2 0unces lime juice

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Shake, and serve over ice with a thin slice of cucumber as a garnish.

Thanks BHSB Beverage Team!

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Enjoy!

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[1] Spicy Shrimp: http://www.dinneralovestory.com/spicy-shrimp-with-yogurt/

[2] Blue Hill Stone Barns: http://bluehillfarm.com/food/blue-hill-new-york

[3] Greylock: http://berkshiremountaindistillers.com/our-products/ethereal-gin-limited-edition/

[4] cucumber juice: http://www.thekitchn.com/summer-refreshment-cucumber-ju-58667

[5] ginger syrup: http://www.marthastewart.com/339761/ginger-simple-syrup

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