What better way to savor the end of warm weather produce than with a refreshing cocktail? The next few weeks mark the end of melon season, and we know that many farmers have a glut of cucumbers...for now. So when you're at market this weekend be sure to grab your favorite melon, some cukes, and get (cocktail) shaking!
Makes One Cocktail
2 shots melon juice*
1 shot cucumber-infused vodka**
1/2 shot simple syrup
3/4 shot fresh lime juice
Salt and aleppo pepper for rim
Shaved cucumber ribbon for garnish
Combine salt and aleppo pepper in a small plate with a lip. Dampen the rim of a cocktail glass with a cut lime and put glass upside down into the salt and aleppo pepper plate. Swirl around until you have a nice salt rim on the glass. Put a large ice cube in the glass.
In a shaker or mason jar, combine melon juice, vodka, simple syrup, and lime juice with several ice cubes. Shake vigorously. Strain into cocktail glass, garnish with a ribbon of cucumber, and enjoy.
*To make melon juice: remove rind and cube melon of choice. Put in a blender or food processor and run until completely smooth. Strain through a cheesecloth or fine meshed sieve. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container.
**To make cucumber-infused vodka: use a vegetable peeler to shave long, thin ribbons of a Persian or English cucumber. Place about half a cucumber in a jar with 1/4 cup vodka and let sit for at least 15 minutes or up to several days in the refrigerator.