Recipe by David Perez
- 2 oz. Wódka Vodka
- 1/2 oz. Cucumber-Mint Reduction
- 1/2 oz. Boiron Melon Puree
- 1 oz. Lime Juice
- 1/4 oz. Chareau Aloe Vera Liqueur
Preparation: Shake everything but the Aloe Vera Liqueur. Strain into a Rocks Glass. Top with Crushed Ice. Float Aloe Vera Liqueur on top. Garnish with Cucumbers and Mint.
Garnish: Cucumbers and Mint Sprig
Glassware: Rocks Glass
Cucumbers are a staple ingredient in Polish Cuisine and are a complimentary choice ingredient for drinkers of Vodka cocktails. I wanted to pair this relationship with a complimentary herb (mint) and a fruit (melon puree) that would help round out the cocktail and give it texture. The Aloe Liqueur is earthy and vegetal, boosing the flavor profile of the cucumber. The creation is an extremely refreshing cocktail with a Polish backbone, paying homage to the birthplace of Wodka. There are also 5 ingredients total, a nod to the 5 times Wodka is distilled.