When I decide to get a new car, I want it this weekend, not in two months. When I decide to move to a different city, I walk into the office and give my 2 weeks notice and start packing my things the next day. I want to make a new recipe, I go to the store that day and search out the ingredients to make for dinner that night. There is no wavering, dilly dallying, or hemming and hawing, I decide what I want and I make it happen, immediately.
Therefore, infusions are not really my jam. It should come as no surprise to you that I make my own vanilla extract. It’s actually very simple. It is vodka (or bourbon) and vanilla beans sealed up in a jar and then left to infuse for 3 MONTHS!!! Do you know how long 3 months is when all you want is vanilla extract to put in your cake? I anguish, I peak at the jar, I check the date, and stare longingly at that jar daily for 3 months until I can finally use it.
This patience and waiting thing, it’s painful for me.
But I did it. I did it for you. And I did it a little bit for me. I made cucumber infused vodka and I waited 3 days to drink it.
Have you noticed that cucumber drinks are popping up on cocktail menu’s everywhere? Well I find myself continually gravitating towards those drinks. Something about the barely sweet yet instantly refreshing cucumber flavor draws me in everytime.
My preference is to sip this cocktail on a hot night overlooking the water. But if you’re at home and not on vacation just close your eyes and pretend you are looking out at palm trees and water.
Cucumber Sage Spring Fizz
1/2 Large English Cucumber
2 Cups Vodka (No need for the good stuff)
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Water
Fresh Sage Leaves
Make the Cucumber Vodka:
Peel and seed cucumber, chop. Add to Vodka. Let sit for 3 days (or up to 2 weeks max). Then strain out cucumbers.
Make the Sage Simple Syrup:
In a small saucepan slowly bring the sugar, water, and a large handful of sage to a boil. (make sure to reserve some sage for the drink.) Continually stirring let the syrup boil for about 5 minutes or until slightly thickens. Through a strainer, pour into a heatproof glass to let the syrup cool. (This can be made a day or two ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator.)
Mix the drink:
2 oz Cucumber Vodka
1 oz Sage Simple Syrup
Lime Seltzer Water
Fresh Lime wedges
Fresh Cucumber Slices
Fill your glass with ice. Pour cucumber vodka and simple syrup into the glass. Stir well. Add several slices of cucumber, squeeze two fresh lime wedges, and add several fresh sage leaves. Top the drink with seltzer and give a quick stir. Sip and Enjoy!