Hot Daze Cuke Cooler: The Vodka answer

By on July 16, 2011

Been out weeding in the garden? Exhausted from a long work week?  Here’s our answer.  A long, tall drink made from best quality vodka, a cucumber from the garden, sprigs of basil, a lemon twist, orange wedges and mint sprigs.  Finish it off with Pellegrino lemon seltzer.  Now, that’s refreshing.

For each long, tall glass:

2 shots 044 (best quality quadrupled distilled) vodka

¼ English cucumber, diced

Handful chopped basil

Lemon twist

Orange wedges

3 mint sprigs

Splash Pellegrino lemon seltzer

Fresh ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in a shaker and give it a vigorous shake, then pour into the glass.  Put your feet up.  Have a drink.  Now, you feel better.  Don’t you.


About Linda Eckhardt

Linda West Eckhardt, is an award winning journalist, food writer, and nutritionist. Her more than 20 cookbooks have garnered prizes including the James Beard prize for the best cookbook for a text she wrote with her daughter, Katherine West DeFoyd, entitled Entertaining 101, Doubleday. Their follow-up book, Stylish One Dish Dinners, Doubleday, was also nominated for a James Beard prize. Their next book, The High Protein Cookbook, Clarkson Potter, remains a best seller after 12 years. That book was designed to accompany low carb diet plans. Her ground-breaking book, Bread in Half The Time, Broadway Books, was named the Best Cookbook in America by the prestigious IACP, The Julia Child award. Her award winning radio work with Jennifer English, for a national show on the Food and Wine radio network, was nominated for a James Beard Prize for a show called, “I Know What You Ate Last Summer.”

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