Cucumber Infused Vodka. A refreshing yet light way to enjoy your vodka straight. Or mix it up into some delicious cocktails. Cucumber vodka sounds plain bizarre doesn't it!!! But it is great as an icy shot or as the start of a cucumber and mint vodka and tonic.
And it is perfect with the cured salmon dish that I served yesterday. I first ate salmon, blinis and vodka shots in a little Russian bar in Nottingham. Well no, not my first time with cured salmon!!! But my first taste of blinis and the first time a dish I ordered came with vodka! The vodka was in a small bottle (like the ones you get on aeroplanes!) in it's own little ice bucket. It was great presentation! It wasn't cucumber vodka though, which makes this story sort of irrelevant doesn't it!!!! 😉
Oh well! Vodka, salmon and blinis! Lets just focus on that and ignore my rambling story telling!!!!
This is so simple. Cut some cucumber add some vodka and you're done! Well apart from the 3 days waiting!!! In my cocktail book, it suggests more vodka and 5 days. But I don't use that much cucumber vodka! And also I find that after 4 days the cucumber flavour stops tasting fresh and gets that slightly bitter old cucumber taste. So I stick to 3 days. And you get to drink it quicker 😉
To serve this as shots, I like to take the peeler to a small cucumber and slice off thin ribbons. They will stick to the side of the shot glass and then you can pour your vodka in.
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- 1 large English cucumber
- 2 cups vodka
- Peel, seed & roughly chop cucumber.
- Place the cucumber into a sealable container and pour over the vodka.
- Seal your container and store in the back of the drinks cabinet for 3 days. (See notes)
- Strain through a sieve lined with a cheesecloth or clean J cloth and pour back into your bottle.
- I like to add it to the freezer for an hour before serving in shots with a couple of cucumber ribbons.
- Great served with my Blueberry Cured Salmon.
JP Colter says
When the cucumber and vodka is mixed put it in the freezer and then it will be perfect after five days.
Claire McEwen says
Great tip JP 😀 thank you
Dorothy Dunton says
Hi Claire! Here in TN we get various flavored moon shines, some legal and some not, (apple pie and peach are two of my favorites), but I have always liked flavoring vodka with fresh fruits. However, I believe I need to get a cucumber now! And this spot on for having with your salmon! Years ago we went to a very posh restaurant in Chicago and had caviar with shots of iced Russian vodka as the starter to our meal.
Claire McEwen says
Apple Pie moonshine sounds amazing!!!!!!
Oooh how about an apple pie martini?????