Martinis are very popular cocktail drinks because they not only signify elegance, but the drink’s overall taste is truly a delight for the tongue and palate. Traditionally, a Martini is made using gin and vermouth that is then garnished with an olive or a lemon twist or peel. However, another variation of the martini called the Vodka Cucumber Martini, is made using Vodka instead of gin as the vodka is deemed to elevate the gentle flavor of the cucumber much better.
One of the more logical reasons as to why vodka is the preferred spirit when making a cucumber martini is that vodka really does not have taste whereas gin has is flavored with juniper. In a sense, using vodka instead of gin in a cucumber martini compliments the flavor of the cucumber and making it shine through.
The cucumber martini will without doubt be one of your favorite cocktail drinks because it is very refreshing. Some say that the vodka cucumber martini is actually the perfect type of martini to drink during summer. Its light sweetness makes it really a refreshing and soothing drink during the warm summer months. If you’ve hear the phrase ‘cool as a cucumber,’ then you’ll get the idea as to why cucumber martinis can be very refreshing.
How to Make Vodka Cucumber Martini
- Pour 2.5 ounce of vodka and 0.5 ounce of dry vermouth in a cocktail shaker. Add around three or four cucumber slices and about a cup of ice. Depending on your personal preference, you may also add in two grinds of black pepper. Some variation or perhaps preference includes adding 0.5 ounce of lime juice.
- Shake the shaker well with vigorous shaking for half a minute. The purpose of this is to melt the ice on the cocktail and not simply mixing the ingredients. Shaking to melt the ice helps blend the flavor and soften its edges.
- Strain the martini mix into a martini glass. Add some fresh cucumber slices, a mint leaf, and then serve.
The light taste of a vodka cucumber martini gives you just a hint of flavor and texture. It’s an alternative to the traditional martini, especially if you are in the mood for something slightly different.