It started with him asking me if I liked cucumber and ended with me drinking three of these. No it wasn’t the beginning of a clandestine affair. I should be so lucky. Rather uninterestingly I was waiting at a hotel bar for a friend when I thought I might have a cocktail (or three) to pass the time. After I had lingered over the cocktail menu for a while, feeling uninspired I asked the waiter for suggestions – hence the cucumber question. I found this drink so delectable I made him give me the recipe. This is especially for my home girls in Auckland town for when they next rocknroll together. Be warned its like a lollie – you won’t be able to stop at one.
Watermelon Cucumber Refresher
5 cups cubed seedless watermelon
1 cucumber, peeled and cut into chunks
1/4 cup fresh lime squeezed
2 tablespoons honey
2/3 cup vodka (you can substitute this with tonic water for a mocktail version)
Cucumber slices and mint, for garnish
Set a large fine-mesh sieve over a large bowl or pitcher
Using a blender puree watermelon.
Pour watermelon puree through sieve, pressing on solids with a rubber spatula (you should have about 2 cups juice).
Again in blender puree cucumber and pour through sieve into watermelon juice
In a small bowl stir together lime juice and honey.
Add to watermelon and cucumber juices, along with vodka.
Adjust sweetness with more honey if required.
To serve, fill glasses with ice and top each with cocktail.
Garnish with cucumber slices and a sprig of mint.
(ps he later admitted that he had cut too much cucumber and was eager to move it!!)