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Cucumber Kale Vodka Spritz


1. 5 oz. good quality vodka

1 oz. raw honey simple syrup

6 oz. your favorite green juice – preferably a blend of greens, cucumber and lemon

1 small seedless (Persian) cucumber

Sparkling water to top

Glassware and Tools



Hawthorne Strainer 



Mixing Glass



1. Slice cucumber into four wedges, lengthwise. Reserve one wedge for garnish and chop the remaining three wedges into one-inch pieces.

2. Muddle cucumber pieces in the bottom of the mixing glass until pulpy and juice begins to accumulate.

3. Using the jigger, measure the following and pour into the mixing glass:

- 1 oz. honey syrup
- 6 oz. of your favorite green juice
- 1.5 oz. vodka

4. Add ice to the mixing glass and place the shaker on top with a firm tap. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds, allowing the mixture to go from one end of the shaker to the other.

5. Separate the mixing glass by applying a firm tap where the glass and shaker are no longer flush and use the Hawthorne strainer to strain the contents of the mixing glass into a tumbler with fresh ice.

6. Top with sparkling water and garnish with reserved cucumber spear.

7. Enjoy!

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First up is a fizzy and refreshing Cucumber Kale Vodka Spritz. It calls for California’s favorite health trend – green juice! Feel free to use homemade or store bought, just be sure to watch out for sugar content. Some of my favorites are from Moon Juice (LA) Pressed Juicery (multiple locations, I’d suggest Greens 1.5) or Juice Saves here in SD. It’s no secret vodka is the most calorie-friendly spirit, plus I wanted the green juice to really shine and the neutral canvas vodka provides allows for that. If you’re using a super intense green juice (no apple or citrus), you may want to add a dash of honey simple syrup and/or a squeeze of lemon to keep your cocktail hour from feeling like a cleanse. 

Original recipe: http://distillerista.com/green-juice-cocktail/