I have a treat for you today.
I was really excited to share this recipe with you from the moment I took my first sips of this beautiful cocktail. No, you aren't seeing healthy green juice below. Actually, that is not true because you are seeing a green juice, but it is saturated with some beautiful tequila. I mean, why not make a cucumber be the best it can be with a little lime and tequila? Right?
As, mentioned in previous posts, I have tons of cucumbers and zucchini right now. I made a few batches of my Creamy Cucumbers, but was itching to try something a little different. I love cucumbers in water, or as a flavor in a cocktail (specifically gin), but had not experimented with them in my beloved margarita. As soon as the thought came to me, as I was munching on raw cucumbers, I said to Ron, "I am making a marg with these suckers". He looked at me a bit puzzled, but then his brain processed, eyes got wide, and he said "oooo that sounds good".
Many of the flavor infused margaritas recipes I have shared require you to cook the fruit to a syrup, but this recipe is really easy and only requires a blender or food processor, and a strainer. I make sure to blend the cucumbers until there are no pieces and it has reached a pulpy juice like consistency. Since cucumbers naturally carry a lot of water so it is ease to strain the juice and get a good yield. I used 4 medium sized cucumbers in this recipe, but the amount of juice you get might vary depending on the size of the cucumbers. I actually never juiced cucumbers prior to making these, and the juice is a beautiful grassy vibrant green color. I was excited to put the cucumber margarita together because I knew it would look, and taste, beautiful, and I was not disappointed. I love this drink because it is not overly sweet, and has an earthy green quality to it. I am a fan of garden style cocktails in general. I love when I see something with greens, herbs, or cucumbers on a drink menu. It is so refreshing, and I find they are not as sugary as fruitier drinks.
Today, I am prepping for a weekend at our cottage in Door County. We are heading up on tonight and with my sister and nephew. They are predicting rain this weekend, but I am crossing my fingers we get a few breaks to enjoy the lake before fall is here! We have friends joining us on Saturday, and the kiddos will have a blast playing, and adults will enjoy a few drinks and conversation.
I am also hoping to grab a moments to read while we are at the cottage and in the Dells next week. I recently read the book Radium Girls and it was amazing, horrifying, but amazing. I felt like it took me forever to read it, and I haven't gotten to devote as much time to my books as I like. My next book on the docket is I'll Be Gone In The Dark which is a book about the case of Golden State Killer. I am (Ron is as well) a true crime lover, and am excited to read the book after hearing great reviews. One thing I have been doing a lot of this summer in place of reading is listening to podcasts. My favorite of all time is My Favorite Murder. I can proudly say that I am a Murderino and a recent member of the Fan Cult. My good friend and I wait each week for a new episode and are patiently waiting for Karen and Georgia to come to our area for a live show!
Now you either think I am totally crazy, or you are yelling "I am a murderino too!".
- 4 medium cucumbers (plus a few slices for garnish)
- 1 cup tequilla
- 2 cups margarita mix
- lime wedges
- Cut the cucumber into 4 lengthwise pieces and then cut in half in the middle to create 8 pieces of cucumber.
- Place cucumber into a food processor or blender. Blend until the mixture is smooth and like a thick juice. This will likely take 2-3 minutes of blending.
- Place a fine strainer over a medium bowl. Pour mixture into a fine strainer and use the back of a medium spoon to push the cucumber into the sides to get all of the juice from the cucumber into the bowl. Discard the solids when strained completely.
- Fill 4 12 oz glasses with ice. In a shaker, add margarita mix, cucumber juice, and tequila. Shake a few times to combine and pour into the glasses.
- Garnish with lime and cucumber. Enjoy!