Cucumber Jalapeno Martini

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When it comes to Cinco de Mayo cocktails, Tequila usually gets all the glory, so I’m making a vodka inspired cocktail. If you’re not a vodka fan, just substitute the vodka with tequila, moisten the rim of the glass with a lime wedge and coat the rim with salt for a margarita!

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2-4 jalapeño slices (more or less as desired)
  • 4-5 mint leaves (optional)
  • 1/2 lime, cut into slices
  • 1 cucumber sliced, seeds removed
  • juice of 1/2  lime
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • ice

DIRECTIONS

To make simple syrup: In a saucepan, bring water and sugar to a boil. Simmer until sugar has dissolved. Set aside to cool.

In a cocktail shaker, muddle jalapeno slices, mint and lime slices together.

In a blender, combine simple syrup, cucumber, and lime juice  and blend until smooth. Strain into the cocktail shaker. Add vodka and ice and shake until cold.

Pour into martini glasses and garnish with cucumber and jalapeño slices.

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