Awesome Cucumber Infusion Summer Cocktail

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Recipe by CptShane

Infusing vodka is really easy and gives your cocktails unique, pure flavors that can't be approximated by buying already-flavored vodka. This recipe also tells you how to make homemade sour mix, which is so much tastier than store-bought! This cocktail is always a huge hit at summer parties and barbecues. It's adapted from a cocktail served at the Delta Cafe in Portland, OR. (This recipe is portioned for 16 drinks, but depending on the mix you like, you may end up with leftover juice, or sour, or vodka.)

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (750 ml) bottle vodka (cheap brands are okay, the cucumber is all you taste anyway)
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1 large cucumber, scored and sliced into rounds
  • 1 (20 ounce) bottle cranberry juice
  • 1 12 cups water
  • 1 12 cups sugar
  • 1 cup lemon juice (preferably not from concentrate)
  • 1 cup lime juice (preferably not from concentrate)

Directions

  1. Pour vodka and cucumbers into an airtight jar or bottle. Save the vodka bottle.
  2. Place bottle out of sunlight (under the sink or in a cabinet) for 2 weeks.
  3. Strain back into the original vodka bottle. Ta-da! Cucumber vodka.
  4. Heat the water and sugar on the stove, stirring, until the sugar melts. Allow to cool.
  5. Mix sugar syrup with lime and lemon juices in a pitcher or bottle. Ta-da! Sour mix.
  6. Pour equal parts cucumber vodka, homemade sour, and cranberry juice over ice.
  7. Garnish with cucumber slices! I like to run a peeler down the sides of the cucumber a few times before slicing so the slices will look "striped.".

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