Fresh Cucumber Apple Cocktail

Fresh Cucumber Apple Cocktail

Since St. Patrick's Day is right around the wee little corner I wanted to post a fun green drink recipe for you guys that also tastes pretty delightful.

Fresh Cucumber Apple Cocktail

Ok, so this cocktail is barely green at best, but I always find it fun to add a little bit of festiveness where possible to celebrate an occasion, and I'm definitely not one to sip on a neon green, artificial-looking drink. Since St. Pat's is on a Friday this year this could serve as a light happy hour cocktail before heading out for more St. Patrick's Day fun. Or how Irish-tastic would it be to host a St. Patrick's day brunch and serve this cocktail on Saturday morning before heading out to your town's weekend festivities?!

Fresh Cucumber Apple Cocktail

Although this drink is beyond easy to mix together, I did make it with Żubrówka, or Bison Grass Vodka. Żubrówka is a pretty amazing vodka since it's herbaceous and adds delicious fresh notes. And since it's actually distilled with bison grass, it also has a slight green-yellowish color. What's also pretty cool is you'll find a long blade of bison grass is actually in each bottle. Żubrówka is distilled in Poland, and the original, authentic version has been prohibited by the FDA since its herb extract contains a blood thinner called coumarin, but the brewers reformulated a version that is now allowed in the US. I'm not really a vodka drinker, but this herbaceous vodka also has notes of vanilla and lavender, and it is absolutely delicious. It actually shines in a cocktail when most vodkas get lost and, in my opinion, is tasty enough to enjoy on the rocks. 

Fresh Cucumber Apple Cocktail

This cocktail is very light and refreshing. I wasn't sure how the cucumber simple syrup would turn out at first, but the cucumber essence really came through to make it a great way to give a cocktail an amazing cool, fresh taste. And the cucumber is very harmonious with the apple! All in all, it's pretty great and you should give it a try!

Fresh Cucumber Apple Cocktail

Fresh Cucumber Apple Cocktail   (recipe makes 1 cocktail)


Cucumber Simple Syrup-

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Peeled cucumber, cut into six 1/2" slices then halved


1 1/2 oz Bison Grass Vodka (If you can't get your hands on the herbaceous vodka, try making it with a cucumber vodka)
1 oz cucumber simple syrup
Apple Juice
Cucumber slices for garnish


1. To make the cucumber simple syrup, stir sugar and water in small saucepan on medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Add cucumber slices and reduce heat to low. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes then remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Strain to remove cucumber. If not using immediately, syrup can be stored in airtight container in refrigerator up to 1 month.

2. Add vodka and cucumber simple syrup to tumbler and stir. Fill with ice (I prefer to use one extra large ice cube) then top with apple juice. Garnish with cucumber and enjoy!


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