Cucumber-Lemon-Mint Vodka Fizz. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Cucumber-Lemon-Mint Vodka Fizz. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend

Forget about standing there at your next backyard party mixing one individual cocktail after another and never getting to enjoy your own! This is one of those awesome make-it-ahead, throw-it-together drinks that practically serves itself.

This sparkling fizzy drink infuses cucumber and mint in a mixture of vodka and lemon simple syrup. And all you have to do is set out a bottle of sparkling water and an ice bucket and let your guests help themselves. But beware! This fresh summery drink goes down very easy. (You might want to make a double batch!)

A note on sweetness: To me, this isn’t sweet, but if you like, just add half of the lemon syrup, mix everything together and then adjust as you like with a little more. Or if you want it to be sweeter, double the simple syrup and add it to taste.

Ingredients for Cucumber-Lemon-Mint Vodka Fizz. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Ingredients for Cucumber-Lemon-Mint Vodka Fizz. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend

Cocktail Recipe: Cucumber-Lemon-Mint Vodka Fizz

Serves 8–10

    Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Zest and juice of 1 large lemon
  • 1 English cucumber, sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, crushed
  • 1 750-ml bottle your favorite vodka (not flavored), such as Hangar One (or whatever you have in your bar at the moment)
  • Ice
  • Sparkling water
    Instructions:

  1. In a saucepan, stir together the sugar, lemon zest and juice, and 1/4 cup water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool completely. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into an airtight container, then refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.
  2. In a large pitcher, stir together the chilled lemon simple syrup, the cucumber slices, mint leaves, and vodka. Let sit for about 1 hour for the flavors to meld. When ready to serve, add enough ice to fill the pitcher.
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  4. Fill cocktail glasses with some ice. Add enough vodka mixture to fill the glass about halfway. Top with sparkling water and serve.
Enjoy the Cucumber-Lemon-Mint Vodka Fizz cocktails. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Enjoy the Cucumber-Lemon-Mint Vodka Fizz cocktails. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend

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