November’s Must-try Cocktail: How to Make a Cucumber Basil Martini

Cucumber Mint Martini
 Jonathon Kambouris

Cucumber Basil Martini

10 basil leaves
1/2 oz simple syrup (made with agave nectar if possible)
1 lime, juiced
2 oz vodka
3 oz Cointreau or Triple Sec
Cucumber slices for garnish 

To make the cucumber juice

Put slices of peeled cucumber in a juicer or add to a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Strain the juice through a sieve to remove any lumps before you use it in your drink.

To make the martini

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add basil leaves, simple syrup, and lime juice and shake well. Add vodka, Cointreau and cucumber juice. Shake again and the strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a slice or two of cucumber before serving.