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Cucumber basil martini

Here's a martini recipe that will remind you of a day at the spa. Shake up this delicious cocktail and relax today!

Michael Grajewski
Now Ventura, Ventura

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1 oz. simple syrup (recipe follows)
1 cucumber slice
1 basil leaf, torn
2 oz. vodka
Juice of 1/2 fresh lemon
Juice of 1/2 fresh lime
Ice cubes
1 cucumber wheel, for garnish


To make simple syrup: In a small saucepan, bring 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water to a boil; simmer until sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Syrup can be refrigerated in a glass jar for up to 1 month.

To make martini: In a cocktail shaker, muddle cucumber with basil. Add simple syrup, vodka, lemon juice, lime juice and a handful of ice. Shake well, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish martini with cucumber wheel.

Makes 1

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