Cucumber Mint Tonic

by Tokyo Terrace on August 21, 2009

Happy Friday everyone! Brad and I are officially back in Tokyo, getting used to bicycle and train rides all over again. The weather is cooler than I remember it being last year, but still insanely humid. Therefore, I am constantly dripping in disgusting sweat. Gross. No need to thank me for sharing.

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Today’s cocktail is one that I will indeed be making this weekend to ward off the heat. This Cucumber Mint Tonic is inspired by a drink from a restaurant in St. Paul, MN called W.A. Frost.

After visiting their beautiful patio for lunch last week with my sister, I went home and did my best to recreate this drink at home. It turned out to be very easy to make. The cucumbers add a light freshness to the drink along with the slight spice of fresh ginger simple syrup and bright green mint leaves. I love how the beautiful bright green ingredients look in the martini glass.

There is also good news for you non-drinkers out there: you can omit the vodka and simply add more tonic water to your glass instead.

In these last days of summer, you can’t go wrong with a drink like this.

Kampai!

Cucumber Mint Tonic

Simple Syrup

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 to 3 tablespoons grated fresh ginger

Combine the ingredients in a sauce pan over high heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Turn the heat down to low, stirring constantly until a syrupy texture forms. Pour into a small glass bowl and let cool.

For the Tonic

3 oz. tonic water

3 oz. vodka

2 tablespoons lime juice, plus wedge for garnish

5 or 6 mint leaves, whole

1/8 of a seedless cucumber, chopped

In the bottom of a cocktail glass, combine the ginger simple syrup, lime juice, mint leaves and vodka. Muddle with a spoon or mortar in the bottom of the glass. Add ice to fill the glass. Top with the tonic water and cucumber slices. Stir to combine. Allow the drink to ’steep’ for 2 to 3 minutes before drinking to allow the cucumber to flavor the liquid.

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  • vicariousmom

    I was the lucky recipient of one of these cocktails last week. It was delicious. Thank you, Rachael. The photos on this one are really nice. Keep having fun with Fridays.

  • vicariousmom

    I was the lucky recipient of one of these cocktails last week. It was delicious. Thank you, Rachael. The photos on this one are really nice. Keep having fun with Fridays.

  • http://onefoodguy.blogspot.com/ Scott

    Now that is my kind of cocktail! I’ll also have you know that even though I am a vodka kind of guy, this is the kind of cocktail that deserves a top shelf gin! I love drinks like this with Hendrick’s!

  • http://onefoodguy.blogspot.com Scott

    Now that is my kind of cocktail! I’ll also have you know that even though I am a vodka kind of guy, this is the kind of cocktail that deserves a top shelf gin! I love drinks like this with Hendrick’s!

  • http://www.fakefoodfree.com/ Lori

    This sounds wonderful! I love the use of ginger simple syrup. Ginger always has that nice cooling spice and with the refreshing cucumber it has to be great. Happy Friday!

  • http://www.fakefoodfree.com Lori

    This sounds wonderful! I love the use of ginger simple syrup. Ginger always has that nice cooling spice and with the refreshing cucumber it has to be great. Happy Friday!

  • http://dragonlife.wordpress.com/ dragonlife

    Dear Rachael!
    Greetings back!
    You didn’t have to through our earthquake, therefore I will call that beautiful cocktail of yours 5 a.m. Tremblor!
    Cheers and regards to hubby!
    Robert-Gilles

    http://shizuokagourmet.wordpress.com/

  • http://dragonlife.wordpress.com/ dragonlife

    Dear Rachael!
    Greetings back!
    You didn’t have to through our earthquake, therefore I will call that beautiful cocktail of yours 5 a.m. Tremblor!
    Cheers and regards to hubby!
    Robert-Gilles

    http://shizuokagourmet.wordpress.com/

  • http://wasabiprime.blogspot.com/ wasabi prime

    This looks absolutely refreshing — truly looks like the bee’s knees for a Friday after a looooooong week. I’m loving on cucumbers in drinks lately; I had a lemonade/cucumber/mint vodka beverage and the cucumber flavor really brought things together.

  • http://wasabiprime.blogspot.com wasabi prime

    This looks absolutely refreshing — truly looks like the bee’s knees for a Friday after a looooooong week. I’m loving on cucumbers in drinks lately; I had a lemonade/cucumber/mint vodka beverage and the cucumber flavor really brought things together.

  • tokyoterrace

    I’m glad you enjoyed it, mom! Now you can use the recipe to make one for yourself with the cucumbers from your garden!

  • tokyoterrace

    I’m glad you enjoyed it, mom! Now you can use the recipe to make one for yourself with the cucumbers from your garden!

  • tokyoterrace

    A great gin would be fantastic in this! I actually tried that the other day and it was delicious. Nice to meet another gin fan out there!

  • tokyoterrace

    Lori: Ginger simple syrup is my favorite addition to drinks. There is just something about it that really brings out the flavor of the ginger and enhances the drink perfectly. Enjoy!

  • tokyoterrace

    A great gin would be fantastic in this! I actually tried that the other day and it was delicious. Nice to meet another gin fan out there!

  • tokyoterrace

    Lori: Ginger simple syrup is my favorite addition to drinks. There is just something about it that really brings out the flavor of the ginger and enhances the drink perfectly. Enjoy!

  • tokyoterrace

    Dragonlife: Thanks for the warm welcome! I am glad I was not here for the earthquake. Did you and your wife make it through OK? Take care!

  • tokyoterrace

    Dragonlife: Thanks for the warm welcome! I am glad I was not here for the earthquake. Did you and your wife make it through OK? Take care!

  • tokyoterrace

    wasabi prime: This is a very refreshing cocktail- which might be dangerous because it is so easy to drink! This drink has made me pretty obsessed with cucumber in beverages as well. Cucumber water anyone?

  • tokyoterrace

    wasabi prime: This is a very refreshing cocktail- which might be dangerous because it is so easy to drink! This drink has made me pretty obsessed with cucumber in beverages as well. Cucumber water anyone?

  • http://oysterfoodandculture.com/ OysterCulture

    That drink just looks yummy, and as I have plenty around my place, I have to say I love the fact it is featured on a doily! That is a true Midwestern table accessory, or which I am well stocked.

  • http://oysterfoodandculture.com OysterCulture

    That drink just looks yummy, and as I have plenty around my place, I have to say I love the fact it is featured on a doily! That is a true Midwestern table accessory, or which I am well stocked.

  • http://foodnetworkmusings.blogspot.com/ Sue

    Beautiful and simple. I like the idea of the nonalcoholic version too.

  • http://foodnetworkmusings.blogspot.com/ Sue

    Beautiful and simple. I like the idea of the nonalcoholic version too.

  • http://dragonlife.wordpress.com/ dragonlife

    Dear Rachael!
    The pleasure is mine!
    Need those cool drinks in this bleeding hot weather!
    Best regards,
    Robert-Gilles
    http://shizuokagourmet.wordpress.com/

  • http://dragonlife.wordpress.com/ dragonlife

    Dear Rachael!
    The pleasure is mine!
    Need those cool drinks in this bleeding hot weather!
    Best regards,
    Robert-Gilles
    http://shizuokagourmet.wordpress.com/

  • tokyoterrace

    OysterCulture: So glad you liked this recipe! The doilly was actually a gift to me from a friend who went to Slovakia. I love it! They are so delicately beautiful.

  • tokyoterrace

    OysterCulture: So glad you liked this recipe! The doilly was actually a gift to me from a friend who went to Slovakia. I love it! They are so delicately beautiful.

  • tokyoterrace

    Sue: Thanks! I actually had it without the alcohol at the restaurant when they told me about the version with vodka. Who could resist either version?

  • tokyoterrace

    Sue: Thanks! I actually had it without the alcohol at the restaurant when they told me about the version with vodka. Who could resist either version?

  • Aunt J in Hendersonville

    I have exactly one cucumber – Mom brought some from garden – & I intend to try this recipe tomorrow. With gin, of course. ;)
    It looks so good!
    Beautiful photography. Wow!

  • Aunt J in Hendersonville

    I have exactly one cucumber – Mom brought some from garden – & I intend to try this recipe tomorrow. With gin, of course. ;)
    It looks so good!
    Beautiful photography. Wow!

  • http://pierre.cuisine.over-blog.com/ Pierre

    Hello I am a french guy and new in the cooking blog world ; please come and visit my blog I try to be creative (and sometimes funny for those who understand french )
    hope to see you soon at http://pierre.cuisine.over-blog.com

    Cheers
    Pierre

  • http://pierre.cuisine.over-blog.com Pierre

    Hello I am a french guy and new in the cooking blog world ; please come and visit my blog I try to be creative (and sometimes funny for those who understand french )
    hope to see you soon at http://pierre.cuisine.over-blog.com

    Cheers
    Pierre

  • http://www.minnesotaimage.com/ Jenn

    I was thinking the same thing!!! Yum.

    Rach, do you need to filter out the grated ginger from the simple syrup?

  • http://www.minnesotaimage.com Jenn

    I was thinking the same thing!!! Yum.

    Rach, do you need to filter out the grated ginger from the simple syrup?

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