I had a Cucumber Collins at a bar in San Francisco with my mom. It was so refreshing and tangy, I had to make my own version…

To make the cucumber vodka:

I like to use Smirnoff vodka to infuse  

  1. Clean a large jar that can hold at least 5 cups of liquid.
  2. Pour vodka into the jar but leave a couple inches at the top for the cucumber.
  3. Peel and de-seed 2 cucumbers. You can use English or regular cucumbers. It’s important to take the seeds out and peel it because it could turn your vodka bitter.
  4. Chop the cucumber into medium sized pieces and put into the vodka.
  5. Put on the lid to the jar and let sit at room temperature for 2-3 days. You will see that the cucumber will turn from green to white, thats when you know it’s finished.
  6. After 2-3 days, strain the vodka through a sieve, removing all of the cucumber.  Put back into the jar & keep in the refrigerator or freezer.

To make the Cucumber Collins:

  1. Put ice in a large glasslimes
  2. Squeeze 2-3 limes over the ice. I like mine very tangy, so I always use 3 limes.
  3. Pour in as much cucumber vodka as you like.
  4. Add 1/2 oz. St. Germain Liqueur (this can be purchased at any liquor store…it has citrus and tropical fruit notes and it’s not too sweet).
  5. Add a few dashes of Yuzu Juice (this can be purchased at an Asian food market or online…it can be expensive, but you only use a little bit and it’s definitely not the same drink without it!)
  6. Top off with club soda and stir everything together.
Yuzu Juice
Yuzu Juice
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