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Cucumber cooler

Cucumber cooler
Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times

With summer on the way, the city's best bartenders are blissed-out over the fresh fruits and herbs raining down from farmers markets. Mixologists are muddling blackberries, candying kumquats and macerating handfuls of mint leaves -- and they seem to be ... Read more

Total time: 20 minutes | Serves 12
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1 cucumber with skin, ends removed, cut into chunks

Step 1Combine water, sugar and lime juice and stir until the sugar is dissolved.

Step 2Pour the lime-sugar mixture into a blender (in batches if necessary). Add the cucumber and blend until smooth. Chill. Serve over ice.

Step 3Cucumber cocktail: Pour 1 ounce of Absolut Currant vodka into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice. Top off with the cucumber cooler. Garnish with a cucumber slice and serve. Serves 1.

Note: From Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger of Ciudad.

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