Cucumber Mint Julep Spritzer

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Cucumber Mint Juleps Spritzer Recipe|Beverage

A Taste of Kentucky Derby-Lizbushong.com
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  • Yield: 6-8 ounce servings

Ingredients

3 English cucumbers-divided

1 cup Mint Simple Syrup (recipe follows)

8 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

2 cups lemon-lime soda or lemon Perrier

Crushed ice- mint cubes (recipe follows)

Garnish- mint leaves and cucumber ribbons

Mint Simple Syrup- Make one day ahead

1- cup sugar

1- cup water

24 large mint leaves, rinsed & divided

Mint Ice cubes: Make one day ahead

2 cups water

10 mint leaves

2 ice cube trays

Instructions

To make Mint ice cubes:
In small microwave bowl, microwave 2 cups water and 10 mint leaves.
Brew 5-6 minutes.
Discard mint and pour minted water into ice cube tray.
Freeze until solid.

  1. Instructions for Mint Julep:
  2. Line a medium bowl with cheesecloth allow excess cloth to extend over the bowl.
  3. Finely grate 2 cucumbers over cheesecloth.
  4. Bring edges of cheesecloth together to enclose cucumber and squeeze cheesecloth over the bowl to extract juice. (Makes one cup)
  5. In a large pitcher, add mint simple syrup to cucumber juice.
  6. Add vanilla and soda. Stir to combine.
  7. Pour over crushed mint ice cubes.
  8. Garnish with sprig of mint.

Mint Simple Syrup:
In small saucepan combine sugar and water, bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and add 10 mint leaves. Brew 5-6 minutes.
Remove and discard mint leaves. Cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours.

Garnish: mint leaves and cucumber ribbons.

 

Notes

Use mandolin to make ribbon lengths of cucumber.
Accordion pleat cucumbers on a small wooden skewer.

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