White wedding

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Author Notes: Earlier this year I experimented with a muddled gimlet and then martini. Here is an easy summer version where.... cucumber marries gin in an almond milk ceremony, with sake as the best man. You can make this with plain ice cubes if you don't have time to make the cucumber ones: that version is illustrated in the main photo. You can also make a virgin version, too, without the gin and sake.Sagegreen

Serves 1

Cucumber ice cubes

  • 2 cups unsweetended almond milk
  • 4 teaspoons honey (acacia or linden) or raw agave nectar, to taste
  • 1 ounce fresh lime (sweet lime recommended)
  • 4 inch long peeled English cucumber, cut into chunks
  • 1 fresh spearmint leaf, optional
  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender; process until smooth. Taste for sweetness; adjust if needed.
  2. Pour into a standard ice cube tray and freeze for 4-5 hours.

The drink

  • 4 or 8 cucumber ice cubes, divided (4 for a short drink; 8 for tall)
  • 2 or 4 ounces unsweetened almond milk (2 for short/4 for tall)
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice (sweet lime recommended)
  • @1 inch of peeled English cucumber
  • if you are using plain ice cubes then 1 tsp. honey (acacia or linden) or raw agave nectar
  • 1.5 ounces Hendrick's gin
  • .75 ounces unfiltered Nigori sake
  • sprig of spearmint for garnish
  • lemon grass leaves for stirrer and garnish, optional
  1. Place half the ice cubes in a blender with the other ingredients save the garnish. Process as you would a smoothie.
  2. Crack the other half of the ice cubes and load into a glass. Pour the blended drink over the cubes. Add the garnish.

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about 4 years ago Sagegreen

For the sake, I suggest a Nigori. I just posted a photo of the drink made with the cucumber ice cubes, for which you will not need any additional agave in the drink. Four ice cubes suffice for a good size drink. Eight gives you a very tall drink. Only if you use plain ice cubes might you want to make this with 1/2 -1 tbl. of agave, to taste. If anyone tries this, please let me know what you think.


about 4 years ago Sagegreen

Just a note-some folks may prefer half a tablespoon of the honey in the drink...will edit when I can.


about 4 years ago wssmom

I just listened to Billy Idol on the way home from Maine ... it's a sign!


about 4 years ago Sagegreen



about 4 years ago lapadia

Yum! Love the name and photo, too!!


about 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, Linda. I just changed the name.