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Lime-Cucumber Saketini

(recipe, Carrie Floyd)

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This refreshing cocktail, adapted from [%bookLink code=0811862097 "Margaritas, Mojitos & More"], is perfect when you want something light. For a first course, pair it with fresh spring rolls or chicken satay.


  1. ½ cup cucumber, peeled and roughly chopped
  2. ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  3. 2 Tbsp. simple syrup (see Note), or more to taste
  4. 5 oz. dry sake
  5. Ice cubes
  6. 2 cucumber half-moons, cut halfway through middle, for garnish


  1. Place the cucumber in a mini food processor and pulse until liquefied. Pour into a cocktail shaker along with the lime juice, simple syrup, and sake. Add enough ice cubes to fill the shaker. Shake for 30 seconds to a minute, then strain into two martini glasses. Garnish each glass with a cucumber half-moon and serve.


To make simple syrup, place equal parts white sugar and water in a saucepan; heat until sugar dissolves, then cool before using. I often make more simple syrup than I need, using 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water; I store the extra in a jar in the fridge. Read more about summertime drinks in Carrie Floyd's article "Cool summer cocktails."

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