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Cucumber Martini

cucumber martini
Cucumbers are wonderfully versatile and refreshing. The flavor is unmatched for vivacious clarity. And while it once was a summer food alone, now we find great kukes year round.
In a cocktail, the bright flavor of cucumbers is best matched with pure liquors, like gin or vodka. You need complimentary flavors, not dominance.
This martini was inspired by a recipe at but I have played with it. You’ll want to experiment, too. The flavor can vary with the vodka you use and certainly with the ripeness and intensity of the cucumber.

Cucumber Martini

Yield: 1 medium-sized drink

• 1 three-inch slice of a medium-thick cucumber, peeled, and cut into a half dozen chunks
• 2 ounces vodka
• 1 ounce sugar syrup


Remove any seeds that freely come from the cucumber chunks but do not obsess: you do not want to lose any of the cucumber juice.

Place the cucumber in the bottom of a cocktail shaker and muddle for at least one minute. It’s impossible to crunch down every single fragment of cucumber, but that’s your goal.

Add the vodka — you could use a lightly flavored vodka here, say, lemon. In that case, I would suggest 1 ounce of flavored and 1 ounce of pure. Add the sugar syrup, ice, and shake.

Pour into a cocktail glass filled with either ice cubes or shaved ice.

Raspberry Martini



“I don’t feel like a drink tonight,” Suzen said. It’s hot, she’s tired, and a bit over the edge.

“Taste it,” I said.

She sipped. She smiled. “Mine,” she said.

Success. It’s a night when I’m tired too, it’s still hot in the Northeast, and I want something quick and refreshing. I bought raspberries today intentionally to drink with. Tonight, I went to and quickly found the raspberry martini recipe below. It’s very quick, refreshing on a hot night, and pleasantly distinct.

If you have not tried the website at, you are missing a great opportunity. You can enter your ideas for a base liquor, drink style, bartender or ingredients [such as raspberries]. Press “Go” and voila you are rewarded with list of drink ideas.

Diffords comes from Simon Difford, mixologist extradinaire from the UK. Simon has Google alerts on, so he’ll see this post. Simon, thanks for this lovely drink idea. I do have one request. Can you come up with an idea for raspberries and gin? You have several for raspberries and vodka, but your gin queue is empty. I think, given your UK background, that is an oversight deserving of immediate remedy.

Raspberry Martini

Yield: 1 drink


  • 10 raspberries
  • ½ shot of sugar syrup
  • 2 shots of cold vodka


Place the raspberries in the bottom of a stainless steel cocktail shaker and muddle. Add syrup and vodka, then ice. Shake until very chilled.

Pour and delight.