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one of our local, go to, date night destinations is houlihans restaurant. I know, totally suburban but they have a pretty outdoor patio, half price happy hour drinks and amazing apps. especially when the weather is warm and the heat is on at home with the little birds, I start to crave their signature skinny cutinis (the new cosmo craze but cucumber and lemon martini). and since there isn’t a ton of spontaneity in raising a family, I decided cucumber mint vodka needs to become a summer staple in our ‘bar cabinet’ as I like to call it. not as dreamy as a vintage bar cart but more department of child & family services friendly.

the homemade cucumber mint vodka recipe is fool proof…..a few mint springs + one seeded cucumber diced in a mason jar, fill with your favourite vodka and seal the lid. but here’s the hardest part…..wait at least 3 days to infuse in a cool, dark place (like said bar cabinet). strain out the remnants, or eat, as ed suggested to really get down to business. I poured it back into another mason jar to store until I order some pretty glass bottles with swing top lids, like these on specialtybottle.com. endless possibilities to enjoy and refreshing as a trip to the spa. cheers!