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Monday, July 1, 2013

From Garden to Glass: How to Make A Dirty Cucumber Basil Martini

From Garden to Glass:
How to Make a Dirty 
Cucumber Basil Martini
Copyright 2013 Gary Pilarchik

This is a new YouTube video series I just started. It is called From Garden to Glass and it highlights fresh picked garden vegetables as the main ingredient for alcohol and non-alcohol drinks.What is the point of having a garden if you can't enjoy the fresh vegetables and their flavors!


1 8 inch cucumber or equivalent (thinly sliced)
7 basil leaves (chopped)
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
2-3 ounces of vodka
1 ounce of dry vermouth
1 lime slice (optional)
1/2 - 1 ounce simple syrup (optional)

The cucumber basil martini focuses on the flavor of your freshly picked cucumbers and basil. The drink will only be as good as the flavor of your cucumber. I actually find they vary based on growing conditions. With lots of rain... the cucumber sometimes has less flavor.

An eight inch cucumber is used as the base to make two martinis. A standard dirty martini has olive juice which adds salt. The cucumber slices get salted to draw out their flavor essence for the martini. The video shows you how to make it. Cheers!

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