Cooking and Chef Recipes

Cool-as-Cucumber Lemonade

Divas Lemonade

Cucumber vodka: How could the divas resist? Amidst myriad flavored vodkas, there it stood. The result? A refreshing, ultra-skinny cocktail to knock our muumuus off.

A hard lemonade with a soft side, this dreamy little number is like a margarita without all the puckering. Fresh mint, mixed and mashed a bit in the cocktail, gives the drink just the right amount of edge, while chilled sparkling water keeps everyone hydrated. The perfect, skinny summer sipper to serve beachside, poolside--or just front porch-side.

Is it five o'clock yet?

Cool-as-Cucumber Lemonade
Makes 1 cocktail

Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon agave nectar
6 or 7 fresh mint leaves
Ice
1 shot cucumber vodka
Sparkling water, to taste
4 or 5 slices seedless cucumber

Juice the lemon and pour into cocktail glass. Drizzle in agave and add mint. Using a pestle or large spoon, mix and mash the mint into the juice and agave. Add ice, vodka and sparkling water, to taste. Stir in cucumber slices and serve immediately.

Diva Confession: Sip this summer refresher sans the alcohol, adding a bit of fresh squeezed cucumber juice to replace the flavored vodka.