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Cool Cucumber Cocktail Recipe

By Allana Mortell | April 27, 2012

Photo: Quinn Dombrowski

Photo: Quinn Dombrowski

Cucumber water is perhaps one of the most refreshing drinks out there and is incredibly simple to make. It also is the base for this perfect spring cocktail. Cucumbers are currently in season and with the unseasonably warm spring we’ve been having, they’re the perfect veggie to throw in salads, stir-frys and now, cocktails.

Eating one serving of cucumbers will give you vitamin A, C, and K along with plenty of calcium, iron, zinc and potassium. Because cucumbers are so high in water content, they help rid your body of toxins and reduce under-eye swelling and skin inflammation. Cucumbers are also proven to help soothe sunburn relief, which is a great thing to keep in mind before the sweltering summer comes around.

The first step in making this cocktail is preparing the cucumber water. There are two basic ways to do this, one giving you a much more heavier dose of cucumber. For a stronger cucumber flavor, blend a cucumber in a food processor or blender and pour the mixture through a very fine strainer (or line a sieve with a cheesecloth) and let the mixture drip through in the fridge overnight. Then, mix the resulting cucumber juice with a pitcher of water and voila! – cucumber water.

A more traditional route just calls to cut a cucumber into small chunks, cover in the amount of water you want to drink and let the mixture soak in the fridge overnight. In the morning, strain the mixture and discard the cucumber slices. To make things even more simple, just add cucumber slices to any water filter to spice up that plain, tap water you’ve been drinking. Finally, feel free to add some lemon slices or chopped mint to the cucumber water for an added burst of flavor and punch!

Photo: Quinn Dombrowski 

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Tom & Jerry Holiday Punch Recipe

By Ashley Bode | December 16, 2011

Photo: Science of Drink

Photo: Science of Drink

There are a few cocktails that are on nearly everyone’s list come holiday party season. Some people serve poinsettias, some serve egg nog or glogg, but there’s one drink that carries on through the generations that is happily welcomed but rarely seen, Tom and Jerry Punch, sometimes referred to as Tom and Jerry Eggnog. There are many recipes out there for eggnog but this one is truly a vintage favorite. Read More

Honey Cardamom Granita Recipe

By Nicole Lewis | September 2, 2011

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Photo: Anna Barsan

The inspiration for this granita came to me during the heat wave, which gripped New York in mid-July. Unbearably hot. Too hot to bake and too hot to think about chocolate, but I wanted something sweet, cool and refreshing, and big on flavor. Read More

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Cosmo Jello Shots Recipe

By Matt Essert | August 24, 2011

Photo: El Tuercas

Photo: El Tuercas

Looking for another cool summer cocktail recipe? Jello shots might sound like something you’d find at a typical college party, but they can be a great and fun way to enjoy your favorite drinks in a new and creative way, not to mention small treats that can be distributed to all your guests at your summer BBQ or picnic. Read More

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Strawberry Margarita Recipe

By Aine Carlin | August 18, 2011

Strawberry Margarita

Photo: Aine Carlin

I love a good cocktail. We stock a pretty limited bar but the one thing I’ve discovered I cannot live without is tequila. Tequila cocktails are my ultimate favorite because if I decide to have a drink, I want to taste the alcohol and there ain’t no masking the distinctive flavor of tequila.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Sangria Recipe

By Matt Essert | August 11, 2011

Photo: Laura Padgett

A more grown-up juice punch, sangria has quickly become a favorite summer drink for a lot of diners. There are a lot of different variations on the classic drink, like this Super Summer recipe, or the delicious Rooster Punch, which are both unique takes on this popular Spanish cocktail.

This recipe calls for the classic combination of strawberry and rhubarb and puts it into a delicious and strong sangria. Read More

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