Cucumber Mint Mock-jito

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This light, refreshing chiller has a kick of cucumber and mint that’s a great addition to your patio beverage offerings.

 

Prep: 10 minutes plus standing

Cook: 7 minutes • Serves: 1

 

Ingredients: 

¾         cup granulated sugar

6          ounces water (¾ cup)

12        medium mint leaves plus sprigs for garnish

2          tablespoons finely chopped cucumber plus slices for garnish

            Ice

1          tablespoon fresh lime juice

5          ounces lemon lime sparkling seltzer water, chilled

            Lime slice for garnish (optional)

 

Directions:

1. To make simple syrup, in small saucepot, heat sugar and water over medium heat 7 to 8 minutes or just until mixture boils and sugar dissolves; do not stir. Remove saucepot from heat and stir in 10 mint leaves. Let stand 15 minutes; strain and discard mint leaves.

2. Into cocktail shaker or 12-ounce glass, add 2 mint leaves and cucumber; crush in bottom of glass with muddler. Fill shaker with ice; add 1 tablespoon lime juice, 3 tablespoons simple syrup and 5 ounces seltzer. Gently stir; strain over glass of ice and garnish with mint sprigs and cucumber slices. Cover and refrigerate remaining simple syrup up to 2 weeks.