Cucumber vodka

Cucumber vodka

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From
Borsch, Vodka and Tears
Makes
1.25 litres
Photographer
Bonnie Savage

This awesome mixture manages to capture the flavour of fresh cucumbers in high-grade spirit! I make it specifically for use in cucumber martinis (see note). Or you could chill it and drink it neat in summertime.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
4-6 telegraph cucumbers
500ml spirytus

Method

  1. Peel the cucumbers and put them through an electric juicer. Collect the juice and strain it through a very fine sieve — you should have about 850 ml juice. Place in a sterilised airtight jar or container and store overnight in the refrigerator. Some of the cucumber solids will have settled to the bottom of the jar. Carefully pour off the clear stuff at the top. You should have about 750 ml clear juice at this stage.
  2. Add the Spirytus and return to a clean jar, then cover and refrigerate for 1 week. At this stage, most of the solids will have settled to the bottom of the jar. If there is any solid matter on top of the liquid, carefully remove it with a spoon.
  3. Gently pour as much of the clear liquid off the top as possible and strain it through a good-quality paper coffee filter. Towards the end you can let a little of the solid matter slip into the filter, but it will slow it down.
  4. Store the strained cucumber vodka in clean sterilised bottles. Cucumber vodka will keep well on the shelf for about 2 weeks, after which time it will start to deteriorate.
  5. You can drink this as is — it preserves the beautiful fresh cucumber taste very well, though it is probably at its best as a cucumber martini.

Note

  • You can make a delicious cucumber martini by adding 60 ml cucumber vodka at room temperature to a shaker with lots of ice. Stir it for about 30 seconds and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a sprig of fresh dill for a perfect summer aperitif.
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