Sweat Equity (Cucumber, Lime, Cilantro, Mint + Vodka)

Serves 1
Tina Rupp, for Women's Running magazine

Make this anytime, but especially when temperatures soar and you need the ultimate refreshing cocktail. Don’t be tempted to leave out the fresh cilantro – the herb combination of mint and cilantro with the cucumbers, lime and vodka makes this cocktail addictive. This cocktail first appeared in Women's Running magazine.

3 slices of cucumber, (about 1 (1-inch piece) of cucumber, peeled, sliced in half, and seeded if needed)
2 sprigs fresh mint
3 sprigs fresh cilantro
1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice (about 1 lime)
1 ounce simple syrup
1 1/2 ounces vodka
Soda water

  1. In a tall highball glass, add the cucumber slices and use a muddler to break up the cucumber and release its juices. Add the mint and cilantro and muddle a bit more just to release flavor but not break apart the herbs. Add the lime juice, simple syrup and vodka. Fill the glass with ice (lots of ice!) and top with soda water. Mix well with a bar spoon to infuse.


To make simple syrup: add 1 cup of sugar to 1 cup of boiling water and stir until dissolved. Store in a mason jar; it keeps for weeks.


Recipe by Catherine Walthers
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