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there's nothing better than bright, fresh juices mixed with a little vodka and topped with sweet ginger beer. this is the perfect cocktail for relaxing on the patio with friends, or treating yourself to your own personal oasis after a long day. spa day cocktail with grapefruit and cucumber | a flavor journal food blog
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spa day cocktail with grapefruit + cucumber

A refreshing and luxurious cocktail full of fresh juice, a touch of vodka, and a splash of ginger beer.  Perfect for sipping on the patio with friends, or treating yourself after a long day.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: spa day cocktail
Servings: 2 cocktails
Author: sara a.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces fresh cucumber juice strained
  • 1 ounce fresh grapefruit juice strained
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 3 ounces vodka
  • 4 fresh mint leaves large
  • 1 ounce ginger beer

Instructions

  • Peel the cucumber, then cut off the ends.  Cut the peeled cucumber into 1/2" thick slices.  Muddle two at a time in a pint glass, producing 1/2 ounce of fresh juice per two slices.  Strain juice through a fine mesh sieve into a glass measuring cup, then pour into a cocktail shaker.
    ALTERNATIVELY // Peel skin, cut off ends.  Slice the cucumber, then roughly chop it.  Add chunks to a blender, blend until fully liquified; 1 minute.  Double strain into a measuring cup, then pour into a cocktail shaker.
  • Strain grapefruit juice to remove pulp.  Add to the cocktail shaker with the cucumber juice.  Then add lime juice, mint leaves, vodka, and a handful of ice to the shaker.
  • Cap the shaker and shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds to break up the ice and chill the shaker down considerably.  
  • Strain the shaker contents over fresh crushed ice into two old fashioned glasses.  Top each cocktail with ginger beer, give a quick stir, and serve with mint leaves as garnish.

Notes

The cucumber skin has a different texture and taste than the flesh of the cucumber. Removing the skin before chopping insures appropriate taste.