I am in love with Crop organic cucumber vodka. And I’m not even a vodka drinker! I noticed it at Glendale Liquor in Kendall Park a year or so ago, and couldn’t resist trying it.
Remember how terribly hot last summer was? Frankly, on the hottest days, I don’t want anything but water at dinner, but when I do crave a cocktail, I usually go for a gin and tonic. So, I figured, I’ll have a cucumber vodka and tonic. Amazing! It’s a “super-wet” flavor, quenching in the same way that cucumbers are refreshing.
Vodka this good deserves good tonic, so I switched from my usual cheap tonic to one of the new high quality, less sweet brands, like Q or Fever Tree. Definitely an improvement over the cheap supermarket stuff, which I usually ended up mixing with lemon-lime seltzer to cut the sweetness.
I did a quick Internet search and found that people are making their own tonic water too – who’d a thunk it? Here’s an example from Jeffrey Morganthaler’s Portland OR based blog. I also found a taste test comparison of Q and Fever Tree at another Portland site, Portland Food & Drink.com. (Clearly, Portland is a foodie and beverage paradise!)
And you bloody Mary fans? Crop makes a tomato version, too! Garnish with bacon and lettuce.