I am not a vodka fan (sorry, Barb). It has no flavor, so I’ve just never been able to see the point. I love a rich, layered, full-bodied cab or merlot, a festive margarita, a smokey Laphroaig Scotch (back in the Everglades, we often saluted the setting sun on the shores of Florida Bay with the luscious Laphroaig), a fizzy, minty mojito, and the occasional pina colada (not a real fan of sweet drinks). But anything with vodka? Wouldn’t touch the stuff.
Until Norah Jones convinced me otherwise. Yeah – Norah the singer. There was a tiny little blurb in Food and Wine recently about Norah’s new favorite drink (I don’t even think it had a name) but since she raved and raved about it, and since I really love her music and good taste, I figured I’d buy some vodka and give it a go. And, I’d recommend it to any of you gentle readers.
Start by putting your pretty glasses in the freezer (Norah doesn’t mention the pretty glasses and the freezer part, but I like a nice presentation) to chill them up while you’re mixing the drink.
Then, gather the crucial ingredients:
Fresh mint and cucumber. Seed and skin about two inches of a fresh cucumber. (You don’t need tomatoes; they just happened to be on the cutting board and are, by the way, our very first harvest of the season – a yummy taxi tomato.)
Put the mint and cucumber in a shaker and add a squeeze of fresh lime.
Add several jiggers of vodka and a handful of ice cubes, and shake vigorously (to bruise the the flavor out of the cuke and mint) for a minute or two.
Pour into your pretty, frozen glass, add a touch of mint for garnish, and serve.
I was skeptical when I read the recipe, but after one taste, this drink had me hooked – ’cause it tastes just like summer. And, maybe that should be its name – The Summer Drink.