The folks at Prairie Organic Spirits sent me a bottle of their organic cucumber vodka and a bottle of their organic gin to try out for a review. I know, my job is really, really hard sometimes.
I'm a big fan of Prairie Organic Spirits. Their regular organic vodka is top notch and reasonably priced, so when they offered me samples of their new products, I jumped at the chance! I decided to start out with the cucumber vodka because - I mean - cucumber vodka, you guys!
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You'll also notice that my cocktails have paper straws. I've been developing lots of cocktail recipes for my personal site, and folks ask me frequently where I found paper straws. Disposable plastic straws are terrible for the environment, so I'm glad that folks are getting excited about this more sustainable alternative! I found my plastic straws at Target, but you can also find them on Amazon.
Cucumber in a drink might sound a little bit strange if you've never had it, but let me tell you: it's amazing. Next time you're fixing a glass of water, toss in a couple of slices of fresh cucumber, and you'll see what I mean. The cucumber vodka has a nice, subtle cucumber flavor that worked perfectly in the recipes I tested out. I'm not one to drink straight booze, but to get a feel for how it tastes I kept it simple to start, then got a little more fancy. Here are the two recipes I came up with.
1. Organic Cucumber Vodka Cooler
- 1 ounce Organic Cucumber Prairie Vodka
- 1 lemon wedge
- soda water
Pour the vodka into a highball glass and add a squeeze of lemon. Give that a stir, then fill the glass with ice and top with soda water. Stir again and serve.
2. Sweet Green Tea Cocktail
If you don’t go for booze, you can replace the cucumber vodka in this recipe with cucumber infused water. Just put a few slices of cucumber into 4 ounces of water and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Bam!
- 2 bags of jasmine green tea
- 1 cup hot water
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 ounce Prairie Organic Cucumber Vodka
- 4-6 leaves of fresh mint
- wedge of lemon
1. Add the tea bags and sugar to the hot water and stir well to dissolve the sugar. Let the tea bags steep in the hot water for 5 minutes. Once the water has cooled to room temperature, you can either start making cocktails or stick your tea in the fridge to chill until you’re ready to use.
2. Pour your vodka into the bottom of a small glass and muddle with the mint leaves. Fill the glass the rest of the way with ice. Top with the chilled jasmine green tea and a squeeze of lemon juice. You can garnish with another lemon wedge and more mint, if you want!