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Cucumber Melon Splash Cocktail

It’s no secret that I love using fresh fruits/vegetables in cocktails and with spring upon us one of my favorites is definitely Cucumbers! So, today I’m sharing this quick recipe for a Cucumber Melon Splash! When I think refreshing, cucumbers are a definite!

I used to work at this restaurant that kept liters of water infused with cucumbers in the fridge ready for table service. Honestly, I was surprised how just simply adding a few slices of cucumbers to the water really made all the difference on a hot summer day. Ever since then I’ve loved the thought of adding them to cocktails as well!

This Cucumber Melon Spritzer pairs fresh cucumbers, cantaloupe, cucumber vodka, and sparkling water for a satisfyingly light cocktail!

Cucumber Melon Splash

The first thing you’ll want to do is make a quick Cantaloupe puree. This puree is so great because its really very subtle. To make it place 1 cup of cantaloupe in the food processor and blend. Set it aside.

This is also a good time to make the garnish: Cut a few thin slices of cantaloupe to place in your glass. You’ll also need to slice a cucumber into 1/2 inch thick slices.

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add 1 1/2 ounces of cucumber vodka to the glass. There are a lot of different brands that make cucumber vodka (Stoli, Effen, & Ketel 1 to name a few) but, you can absolutely use regular vodka if it’s all you have on hand – just add extra cucumber slices!

Next, pour in a few tablespoons of the Cantaloupe puree. Stir and then add your garnishes – a couple of cucumber slices and a slice of cantaloupe right on the top!

Top it all off with a large splash of sparkling water, sit back and enjoy!

Cucumber Melon Splash

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Serves: 1 Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces of Cucumber Vodka
  • 1/2 of a Cucumber
  • 1/2 of a Cantaloupe
  • 1 ounce Sparkling Water

Instructions

1

Make the Cantaloupe Puree by blending 1 cup of cantaloupe in the food processor. Set it aside

2

Create your garnish by slicing some thin slices of cantaloupe - set them aside.

3

Slice a cucumber into 1/2 inch thick slices.

4

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add 1 1/2 ounces of cucumber vodka to the glass.

5

Pour in a few tablespoons of the Cantaloupe puree.

6

Add the garnish - a few cucumber slices and a cantaloupe slice.

7

Top it off with some sparkling water and enjoy!

Want to make this a Mocktail? Just omit the Cucumber Vodka! This drink is just as satisfying! The combination of the cucumbers and cantaloupe, infused with the sparkling water make it oh so refreshing !

Need some more cocktail inspiration? Check out these other yummy cocktail/mocktails below from a few of my friends!

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