Introduction: Cucumber Mint Cooler in Edible Cucumber Cups
Step 1: Recipe
Now that your cups are ready, you can move on to preparing the drink!
1 cup cucumber juice (see next step for how-to)
1/2 cup mint leaves
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
2 1/4 cups club soda
2 tbsp simple syrup or agave nectar
3/4 cup of vodka ( I prefer Absolute)
6-8 stems of mint leaves garnish
Step 2: Making Cucumber Juice
in a blender, mix the scooped out bits of cucumber that resulted from making your cups with 1/4 cup water.
Strain through a fine mesh food grade strainer and set aside.
Step 3: Making the Garnish
Usually the making a garnish is one of the last steps in a food/drink preparation process, but we're doing it early here in order to use the mint leaves that get removed in the recipe.
Pick 6-8 of the prettiest looking stems of mint leaves and remove all but the top 2-3.
Cut the stems so each one is about 3 1/2" in length. Set aside.
Step 4: Muddlin'
Now add the 1/2 cup mint leaves (removed from stems in previous step), 1/2 cup fresh lime juice, and simple syrup in a small mixing bowl or mortar. Muddle the mint leaves with the back of a spoon or pestle to infuse mint into the liquids.
Step 5: Mix It Up!
Into a container (a jar works well), pour the cucumber water, muddle mix, and vodka.
Give it a good stir.
Step 6: Filling the Cups
To avoid spillage, use a clean baster to fill up your cups.
Start by filling them just past halfway with the mix you've made.
Top them up with club soda, also using the baster.
Step 7: Garnish & Serve!
Add your mint stems and serve!
For another cocktail recipe to try in the cups, visit my Applejack Shot Instructable here.