Refreshing Summer Drink

This drink was inspired by a drink Mandi got at KO prime.  From the menu:

Grapes of Wrath
Grey Goose Poire Vodka,
New Zealand

Sauvignon Blanc, muddled cucumber & pineapple.

She
continually said that this was the best part of her meal.  She wasn’t the biggest fan of her bone marrow
app (I was), and she has had better pork belly. 
We didn’t look up the actual drink last night when we attempted to re
create it, but what we made was delicious and very similar.  On a side note, I hate muddling and did not
muddle this drink.  I think you can get
all the flavor from the fruits and mint without bruising and smashing them into
a big mess.  This is a great article on
mixing drinks and it totally captures my opinions on cocktails.  Be sure to watch the video too!

I like to make simple syrup very sugary so there is not unnecessary water in the drink. This was 1 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water. Heat and stir until the sugar melts. Add some more sugar if you think the water can absorb more, then cool it before using. This simple syrup appears to be cooking on some sort of dream world floating stove.

Harvesting some fresh mint for the drinks.

I got a little carried away. The white words are the ones related to the drink.

Who needs “one part of this, two parts of this.” Just dump it and eyeball. This is a complicated drink so it is easier to make a pitcher so you aren’t forced to make them all night for people. Notice I did not put soda water in here. I like to put that in to each person’s glass as you pour it.

Couple ice cubes in each glass, then pour in the mixture half way and fill with soda water.

This was very refreshing for a summer night!

To review:
Cucumber chunks
Pineapple chunks
Mint
Simple Syrup
Triple Sec
Vodka
Soda Water
Limes
Ice

Tip – Since you aren’t muddling, to get the best flavor from the mint, slap it in your palms a few times