A special occasion demands a special cocktail, so I conjured up something with a healthful feel for the evening. It's a cucumber-based drink inspired by the Afterglow cocktail at Centaur (but a little lighter), and by the Spa Martini at Eve (but less complicated ... no cucumber muddling!). I've dubbed it The Betty Ford.
It was perfect for a warm spring evening and I suggest you enjoy this all summer long. The recipe requires precise measurements, I highly recommend using the Aluminum Jigger Cube!
The Betty Ford
2 ounces Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka (the best flavored vodka I've ever tried)
0.75 ounces simple syrup
0.5 ounces fresh-squeezed lemon juice
a few grains of salt (this is important)
Shake until refreshingly cold and top off with 1 ounce of club soda. Serve in a flute or a modest cocktail glass and garnish with a cucumber slice. You will love it, I swear.
Make a pitcher using an 8-3-2 ratio and a pinch of salt. Then fill glasses 3/4 full and top off with club soda. You can enjoy it over ice in a highball glass this way!