No picnic is complete without refreshments, and nothing is more refreshing than an ice-cold cucumber lemon drop. I enjoy making this drink for events because the flavors are simple, clean, and appeal to most. I made a large batch for my wedding, which happened to be in the 90 degree heat, and they were a hit. But the best part about this particular recipe is that the cocktails are served in cute little mason jars, making them easy to make ahead of time before transporting to your picnic. Once you’re ready to serve, just pop the top, add ice and shake. Each individual mason jar acts as a personal shaker, adding a little fun to your picnic that people love.
- 1 1/2 oz vodka
- 3/4 oz cucumber syrup
- 1 oz lemon juice
- 1 1/2 oz cucumber water
- cucumber slice for garnish
- 1/2 pint mason jars
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 6 slices of cucumber
- 1 cup water
- 6 slices of cucumber
Start by making the cucumber water. Peel cucumber and cut into 1/2 inch-thick slices. Next, cut each slice in half and place into a glass container with water. Let soak for 1-3 hours, then strain. This recipe is enough for a few cocktails worth, but I often just make a pitcher of cucumber water to keep in the fridge for sipping on its own. It’s pretty refreshing.
Next it’s time to make the cucumber syrup. Again, you’ll be using peeled cucumber slices (about 1/2 inch thick) cut in half. First, add sugar and water to a small saucepan and stir on medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Once dissolved, add cucumber slices, reduce heat to low, and cook for 2 minutes. After 2 minutes, remove from heat and let sit for 10 minutes to continue to soak a bit before straining.
Now that all your ingredients are prepped you’re ready to make the cocktail. Simply add all of your ingredients to a mason jar and seal.
Each jar holds one full cocktail, so pack as many as you need for your party into your picnic basket or cooler. Speaking of coolers, remember to bring ice. You’ll need it for the final cocktail.
Once you arrive at your picnic and are ready to drink your cocktail, simply remove the top of the mason jar and fill with ice. Once you’ve added the ice, screw the top back on tight and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Each mason jar acts as it’s own personal cocktail shaker. Once shaken, remove the top, add a straw and a thin slice of cucumber for garnish.
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