Hey y’all! We’re Pam and Sara from Biscuits and Burlap and we’re so excited to be contributing to The Ugly Duckling House! We started blogging about 2 years ago and met Sarah at some networking events here in Atlanta. We love her attitude and style and quickly became followers of her blog. Recently we were ready to update our own blog, so we contacted Sarah via her design site and were so impressed by the work she did. When she asked us to contribute recipes to the UDH, we were just blown away. We’re so excited to connect with her readers and we hope y’all like what you see!
No matter where in the country you live, chances are it’s still hotter than blue blazes. You’ve been working on a project all day, you’re sweating your behind off, and now you’ve finally reached a stopping point. What’s next? Happy hour, of course! Today we’re combining our love of fresh, local ingredients with our love of cocktails to bring you the Limoncello Cucumber Cooler.
If you’re not familiar with limoncello, you are really missing out. Limoncello is an Italian liqueur made from lemon peel steeped in grain alcohol (or in our case, 100 proof vodka) and then mixed with sugar/simple syrup. The result is a gorgeous citrus liqueur that is perfect when served ice cold on it’s own or as a summer after-dinner drink.
A well-stocked liquor store near you may have limoncello, but traditionally you should make it at home. You’ll first want to use a vegetable peeler to remove the zest (just the yellow part) from the pith (the bitter white part) of 8 lemons. Pour one liter of 100 proof vodka or grain alcohol over the zest in an airtight bottle or jar and let steep 7-10 days. Strain the solids out using a fine strainer or cheesecloth and add 3 cups simple syrup (3 cups water and 3 cups sugar, boiled until sugar dissolves). Ta-da!
In this case, though, we have taken the limoncello and combined it with our homegrown cucumbers, rum, and club soda to bring you our new favorite summer cocktail. Pour 1 1/2 ounces of the prepared limoncello in a cocktail shaker along with 1 ounce of white rum and 4-5 cucumber slices. Muddle the cucumbers well and then shake and strain over ice. Top your cocktail with club soda and garnish with a cucumber slice and lemon twist!
Limoncello Cucumber Cooler
This Limoncello Cucumber Cooler combines the freshest tastes of summer with rum and club soda to make a refreshing cocktail perfect for patio drinking.
- 1.5 oz limoncello
- 1 oz rum
- 4-5 cucumber slices
- club soda
- Add limoncello, rum, and cucumbers to cocktail shaker.
- Muddle cucumber well.
- Shake and strain over ice.
- Top with club soda and stir gently.
- Garnish with cucumber slice and lemon twist.
Have you ever made a cocktail using cucumber before? Or maybe you have another summer cocktail you just love…Tell us about it! We’ll be back here next month with a great appetizer recipe, but until then check out the rest of our nosh at Biscuits and Burlap!