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21
Jun
13

Cucumber Cooler


Easy to make, refreshing and delicious to drink. From The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook:

Cucumber Cooler

Photo by: Paulette Tavormina, on Page 52

Photo by: Paulette Tavormina, on Page 52

 

The combination of cucumber, coriander, and sugar makes a simple syrup that tastes like a cross between vanilla and citrus. It makes a great base for our refreshing summer cooler: just add sparkling water and a little lime juice. This same simple syrup can also be used in summer cocktails.

Cucumber Simple Syrup (makes 2 cups – serves 8)

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 4 Kirby cucumbers (1/2 pound total), peeled, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise

Cucumber Cooler (for 1 drink)

  • 1/4 cup cucumber syrup
  • 1/2 cup sparkling water
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 3 to 4 slices skin-on Kirby cucumber, for garnish

For the Syrup: In a small saucepan,bring the water, sugar, and coriander seeds to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 1 minute, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add the cucumbers to the pan, cover, remove from heat, and let stand at room temperature until mixture is cool. Strain and discard the cucumbers and coriander. (Refrigerated, the syrup will keep for several weeks)

For the cooler: Pour the cucumber syrup into a tumbler and top it off with the sparkling water. Add the juice and stir to combine. Add the cucumber slices and serve while sparkling water is still sparkling.

Variation: For a super-intense cucumber flavor, you can take this one step further. Leave the cucumbers unpeeled. Cut them into chunksand puree them in a food processor. Add the puree to the sugar syrup, cover and let stand at room temperature until cool, then strain and store as directed.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy and stay cool this summer!

CS

19
May
13

Vanilla Mint Julep


Summer’s is almost at the door, the weather’s just perfect for flavorful adult drinks. This one’s refreshing and delicious!

Vanilla Mint Julep

A delicious summer drink, a vanilla infused variation on the classic mint julep.

VanillaJulep

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce plain vodka
  • Dash of fresh lime juice
  • Dash of sugar syrup *
  • 3 mint sprigs
  • 1 cup cracked ice
  • 2 ounces Vanilla Bourbon **

Directions

  1. Combine the vodka, lime juice, and sugar syrup in a shaker.
  2. Add 2 of the mint sprigs and the cracked ice. Pour in the bourbon and stir, gently bruising the leaves.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the remaining mint sprig.

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* Sugar Syrup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups granulated sugar

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan add the water, then the sugar. Bring the water to a boil while stirring.
  2. Reduce the heat and continue stirring until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Cool to room temperature.
  4. Select a clean container and using a funnel, pour the sugar syrup into the container, seal and store in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.

Usage Hints

The sugar syrup must be completely cooled before adding to the infusion, lest you burn off some of the alcohol and affect the flavor. I prefer to use bottled water rather than tap water.

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** Vanilla Liqueur

Ingredients

  • 1-750 ml of vodka, or bourbon
  • 2 vanilla beans, split lenghtwise
  • 1/2 cup sugar syrup (optional)

Directions

  1. Decant the spirits into a clean 2 quart glass container with a tight-fitting lid.
  2. Add the split vanilla beans, including the seeds, to the spirits. Allow the spirits to infuse away from the direct sunlight and intense heat for 1 month. Shake the container a few times a week.
  3. When satisfied with the intensity of flavor, strain the liqueur through a coffee filter into a bowl. Discard the solids. Strain again if needed. Add the sugar syrup to taste, if desired.
  4. Using a funnel, pour the liqueur into the original bottle. Label with the name of the liqueur and the date. Age the liqueur for one month, away from light and heat.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!

CS

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