How to Make a ‘Cool as a Cucumber’

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Watch as Maura from Morton’s demonstrates how to make this specialty cocktail.

    Maura Delaney: Hi! I am Maura with Morton's, The Steakhouse. Today, I am teaching you how to make specialty cocktails. Right now, I am going to show you the tools and ingredients needed for our 'Cool as a Cucumber'.

    We have a hand held juice squeezer, a muddler with a glass, which can also be used as the cocktail shaker, a jigger which measures up the alcohol, a rock glass which we serve the cocktail in, some freshly cut cucumber and the juice of a fresh lime.

    Ginger beer, absolute 100. It is a 50% alcohol version of the famous Swedish Vodka, but if you don't have this, any vodka will be sufficient. The St. Germain, St. Germain Elderflower liqueur. This is the first liqueur in the world created in the artisan French manner from freshly handpicked Elderflower blossoms. So let's get started.

    You will need 3 slices of cucumber. Cucumber is a popular new muddling agent. It cools down the flavors in gin and high-proof spirits. So you will get the three cucumbers, set them into the glass with your muddler. Make sure you keep it away from your face. You are going to mush it together till it's coarsely mushed, like so.

    Then what you will need is the juice of a lime. Add one and a half ounces of absolute 100, one ounce of St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, add ice, shake about 15 times. Then add 2 ounces of ginger beer before straining. Fill up a rock glass with ice and strain into the rock glass. Garnish with a slice of cucumber on the side of the glass. Here we have the 'Cool as a Cucumber'. Coming up next, I am going to teach you how to make the Heavenly Foam which is a fruit foam and a fun and exiting way to top any martini.