Make this drink anytime, but especially when temperatures soar and you need the ultimate refreshing drink after running. Don’t be tempted to leave out the fresh cilantro—the herb combination with mint and the other ingredients make this light cocktail addictive. A little known super food, cucumbers are anti-inflammatory and highly hydrating.
3 slices of cucumber or 1-inch piece, peeled, sliced in half and seeded
2 sprigs fresh mint
3 sprigs fresh cilantro
1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice (about 1 lime)
1 oz. simple syrup (recipe below)
1½ oz. vodka
In a tall Collins glass, add the cucumber and use a muddler to break up the cucumber and release its juices. Add the mint and cilantro and muddle a bit more just to release flavor but not break apart the herbs. Add the lime juice, simple syrup and vodka. Fill the glass with ice and top with soda water. Mix well with a bar spoon to infuse.
Hold the Hooch: Omit vodka and use water or sparkling water. Add a bit more simple syrup if needed.
Simple Syrup: Add 1 cup of sugar to 1 cup of boiling water. Stir to dissolve. Let cool, and store in a mason jar in the fridge.