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Cucumber basil martini

To make this refreshing spin on a martini, chef Jonathan Rollo muddles basil and cucumber the same way he'd mash the ingredients for a mojito. Then he pours in soju (a distilled, vodka-like rice liquor) and some fresh lemonade.

Chef Jonathan Rollo
Greenleaf Chopshop, Century City

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1 (3-inch) piece cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced, plus 1 round for garnish
3 basil leaves, 2 torn
2 oz. soju (can substitute with vodka)
3 oz. fresh lemonade


In a cocktail shaker, muddle diced cucumber with 2 torn basil leaves. Add soju, 2 oz. of lemonade and a handful of ice. Shake well and pour into your glass. Top off with remaining 1 oz. of lemonade and garnish with cucumber slice and remaining whole basil leaf.

Serves 1

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