A St. Patrick’s Day cocktail, with ingredients from your garden!
For me, St. Patrick’s Day is an amazing holiday. It combines three of my favorite things: cocktails, holidays (yes – even the Hallmark kind), and fresh green herbs from my garden — so you don’t get pinched!
So move over artificial, sour Appletini — the fresh Mint & Cucumber Martini is the ultimate green cocktail for St. Patty’s Day.
Mint & Cucumber Martini
Serves 2 – Meant to be enjoyed with company
- 4 slices cucumber, cut 1/4″ and skins removed
- 1 lime squeezed
- 10 mint leaves
- 3 tablespoons simple syrup
- 5 ounces vodka
- Optional: Add a little grated fresh ginger in the shaker OR substitute 1-2 oz hot pepper vodka for regular (jalapeno kind)
Chill the martini glasses by adding a few cubes of ice and filling them to the top with water. Set aside.
Meanwhile, add the cucumber, lime juice and simple syrup in a large shaker. Muddle them together at the bottom of the shaker — a.k.a mush them together with the back of a spoon or a ‘muddler.’ Add the vodka and fill with ice to 1/2″ from the top. Cover and shake away!
Dump the water out of the martini glasses and pour the drink into the glasses through a strainer. Note: Use a real strainer – the one at the top of the shaker has holes that are too big and would let mint come through.
Taste, adjust the balance to suit you, and taste again. Keep tasting…
About The Fixings from Your Garden
Mint: Even though it’s delicious, Mint is a weed so treat it that way. It’s easy to grow and very invasive, make sure you plant it in a pot! Otherwise you will curse the day you planted it. And when you do plant it — in a pot — mint best in full sun and moderate water.
Cucumbers: They like full sun and protection from the wind. Cucumbers also grow well vertically, which is a great space-saver in a small garden. They’re high in water content, so in drier areas, they need more water. More water = more cucumber production.
Limes: I have trouble growing limes in my northern California climate — even the Bearrs are difficult. It just doesn’t get sunny and warm enough here for limes. But if you live in a sunny, warm climate, you’re in luck! For this and other cocktails, Mexican Limes work best.
This article was written by Jessy Berg, professional landscape designer & co-founder of Habitat Design. Habitat Design provides full-service online landscape design planning for small and mid-sized gardens, & an online store of unique garden & home furnishings — all at an affordable price. Jessy believes that beautiful gardens should be accessible & affordable for everyone. Check out Habitat Design >