Cocktails are a lot of fun! It’s such a great way to play with colors, flavors, and it’s so nice to decorate them. We had a few weeks of real summer here in the Netherlands and it got hot, like really hot (for our standards, of course). And I don’t know about you but nice weather makes me crave for special drinks. All of a sudden the good old white wine and beer with lime doesn’t do it for me anymore. I want a whole party in one glass, I mean straws, umbrellas, sparkles, layers of booze, all that sh’bam. So I challenged Daniel to come up with a special decoration for my Cucumber Mojito and specifically asked for something “holidays and cucumber related”, thinking that he will create a pretty lemon-lime-cucumber slices combination on the side of my glass.
But boy, I was wrong! He gave me an entire landscape: a whale jumps out of the ocean with the sun shining from the background and it makes the ocean water foam. I cannot even tell you how excited we were both to photograph this! It was so much work but it totally paid off, if you want to carve yourself a cucumber whale, check this Youtube video and you will not be disappointed.
A summery and refreshing Mojito with cucumber juice, mint syrup and a whole landscape in your cocktail glass!
- 100 ml white rum (Bacardi)
- juice from one lime
- juice from half a lemon
- 2 tsp white sugar
- 2 tbsp mint syrup (Monin)
- 250 ml soda water
- 100 ml cucumber juice or 1 big cucumber
- 1 cup crushed ice
- For the foam - we used the foam purely for aesthetic reasons, it only adds some extra sourness to the drink so you can skip it if you want to
- 1 egg white
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp sugar syrup
- For the sugar syrup
- 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup water
Start by peeling your cucumber and juice it. If you don't have a juicer you can grate it finely and use a cheese cloth to squeeze the juice, however you might not get the same result as a juicer. Strain the juice really well and place it in the fridge to cool off.
You can make your own sugar syrup and store it in your pantry. You will use one part sugar and one part water, combine in a pot and heat until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from fire before it starts bubbling and store in an air tight container.
When you are ready to layer your drink and everything is nice and chilled, start by making the foam. In a shaker add the egg white, the lime and the sugar syrup and shake, shake, shake until you see a nice creamy layer of white foam.
Let that rest and sit in the fridge while you prepare your drinks.
Add 3/4 cup of crushed iced to the glass.
In a shaker add 1/4 crushed ice, rum , lemon and lime juice and cucumber juice and give it a good shake.
Pour over your ice and top with soda water.
For a layered effect use a pipette to add the mint syrup at the bottom of your glass, or gently pour the syrup on the side of the glass.
Remove the shaker from the fridge and using a spoon, put some of the foam on top of the drink.
*we used a glass of 650 ml, so you can easily divide this in two glasses with a capacity of 250 - 300 ml