Spa Water

by katie

We continued to have horrendous weather over the weekend.  It rained and rained and rained.  And, for good measure, it was freezing.  A friend of ours was helping someone move a sailboat.  They eventually had to dock less than half-way through the trip because it started sleeting!  When we saw him at the marina, he said he’d never been so cold in his life.  I think they all wanted to kiss the dock when they finally tied up.

Tom came up with this delicious cocktail to help combat our weather-related malaise.  It reminded us of that cucumber and/or mint water you get at the spa, hence the name.  I also keep cucumber-infused water around a lot in the summer, so it was a nice reminder of warmer weather, too.  We should have brought a pitcher of these to the guys moving the boat!

We’d never used mint bitters before, so were surprised to discover that they are a great shade of green!  It makes the drink even better, I think.  They are also seriously minty, so you’ve been warned.

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Such a pretty color!

Spa Water Cocktail

2 oz vodka

1-2 dashes mint bitters

3 slices seedless (hothouse) cucumber

Ice

Mint and cucumber garnish (optional)

Put the vodka, bitters, and cucumber slices in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Shake vigorously for about a minute to really bruise the cucumber slices and release their flavor.  Strain the cocktail into a chilled glass.  Garnish with a sprig of mint and a cucumber slice, if desired.