No picnic is complete without refreshments, and nothing ismore 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.
Cucumber Lemon Drop - Picnic Style
A refreshing cocktail that is simple to assemble and easy to drink!
Cut each cucumber slice in half and place into a glass container with water. Let soak for 1-3 hours, then strain.
For the cucumber syrup
Cut each cucumber slice in half.
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.
For the cocktail
Simply add all of your cocktail 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 to the top with ice. Screw the top on tight and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Once shaken, remove the top, add a straw and a thin slice of cucumber for garnish.
This recipe makes enough cucumber water and syrup for a few cocktails, though the cocktail recipe is written for one cocktail. It is an easy recipe to multiply for more, if desired.
Happy Friday!! I hope everyone is enjoying our picnic this week. There are more fun recipes to come, including a refreshing picnic cocktail from yours truly, so be sure to check back next week. In the meantime, it’s my turn to offer-up this week’s “Yum, We Love . . .” where we highlight a selection of our favorite links from around the web. Enjoy!
Alanna Taylor-Tobin of The Bojon Gourmet combined three of my favorite things in the world, rum, coconut and granola, to make one superhero combo of deliciousness: Rum-Kissed Coconut Granola. There’s officially no reason to even glance at another granola recipe, ever! You can quote me on that.
Although sandwiches seem like a given for a picnic, they’re tricky because you run the risk of ending up with soggy bread. However with certain sandwiches, it isn’t the worst thing to have the sandwich sitting around for a while – in fact, it makes it even better. The muffaletta, a classic New Orleans sandwich, is a great example and is super easy and convenient to make. You start with bread (which, yes you purists, I know this isn’t the authentic round muffaletta loaf, but a focaccia or other Italian round bread does just fine). Then, spread generous amounts of an olive spread and just layer all kinds of delicious cold cuts and cheese. The longer the olive spread and cold cuts can mingle with the bread, the better your muffaletta will be. I love serving these sandwiches cut into rectangles or into wedges so a beautiful cross section of meats and cheeses is exposed!
I wish I could say that I picked Hitachino Nest Beer out of a blind tasting lineup. Truthfully, however, it was the little red nest owl staring me down from across the beer aisle. I took a closer look and I was further intrigued after seeing the words, Red Rice Ale. I picked up a few bottles to take with me to our picnic, and it sure did hit the spot. Trust me, the Red Rice Ale from Hitachino Nest Beer is expressive in every way. I’m usually not a fan of malty beers, which it is, but this is different. This is complex, like no beer I’ve ever tasted. Bursts of bold ripe fruit combine with earthy, roasted, rice flavors, and very reminiscent of sake.