Cucumber and Lime Spritzer

by Maggie Battista on June 28, 2009

in All Recipes, Drinks

cucumberlimespritzer

As far as I’m concerned, one of the keys to eating less is drinking less. I’ve been eating less, a lot less, which means I’ve been drinking less.

Alas, as far as I’m concerned, one of the keys to enjoying Summer is drinking – not boozy, unnecessary drinking, but the kind of drinking that involves a hot setting sun, the long arch of a tree branch for shade, a lounge chair, and a small glass of something crisp, chilled and modestly boozy.

Since New England has essentially robbed us of that early Summer feeling, I haven’t felt much pressure to indulge. But a friend brought this mocktail to a party last night and, wow, who needs booze when you can enjoy these perfect effervescent cucumber slices? It’s simple really. But the citrus-infused club soda gives the cucumber slices a sparkly bite. It’s like your cocktail and hors d’oeuvre join forces to put a smile on your face.

The friend who made this pitcher full of goodness is pregnant. So while everyone else at the party tossed several shots full of gin into their mocktail, we enjoyed the bubbly mixture with just a few ice cubes. Two of these drinks, a few spoonfuls of guacamole, a flaming-hot grill, and it felt like Summer to me.

Cucumber and Lime Spritzer

Ingredients
  • 2  12-ounce cans club soda
  • 1/4  cup  fresh lime juice (from 3 to 4 limes)
  • 1  Kirby cucumber, thinly sliced

In a pitcher, combine the club soda, lime juice, and cucumber. Serve over ice. For an instant cocktail: Stir in 1/2 cup gin before serving.

grill-flame

Maggie Battista

Founder at Eat Boutique
Maggie, is the founder of Eat Boutique. She started Eat Boutique as a blog in 2007, and sold out of her first gift box of small batch independent food in 2009. Maggie continues to offer unique and delicious handmade food in tasting subscriptions and seasonal gift boxes for food fans and home cooks. Maggie also hosts Eat Boutique Markets, where she spotlights cookbook authors and food makers. She’s written for Style Me Pretty, Food52, Time Out New York, Spencer Magazine, and writes a cocktail column for the popular wedding blog, Snippet & Ink. Maggie's also created retail experiences for the largest floral and event design company in New England. She regularly travels far distances to find the next great chef, farmer, food maker or host. You can follow her worldwide – and homemade – gastronomic adventures on Twitter at @mizmaggieb or @eatboutique. Maggie's writing her first-ever cookbook Food Gift Love to be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in fall 2015.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Don-Cosseboom/503399671 Don Cosseboom

    This spritzer was great with Hendricks Gin. It did feel like summer, even if just for a few hours. ;)

  • http://www.frombottle2box.com/ Amy

    I am going to add a splash of chardonnay – from a box of course. Can't wait to try it. Thx!!

  • http://lunchbucketbento.blogspot.com/ Lisa

    I'm on a frozen lemonade kick right now, but I think this might be my next summer night beverage of choice. The whole blender thing just gets so old, so fast.

  • http://lunchbucketbento.blogspot.com/ Lisa

    I'm on a frozen lemonade kick right now, but I think this might be my next summer night beverage of choice. The whole blender thing just gets so old, so fast.

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