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Cool Cucumber Martini

Time 10 minutes
Yields Serves 1
Cool Cucumber Martini
(Eric Boyd / Los Angeles Times)
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What could be cooler than a cucumber martini? Why, an herbal cucumber martini. Muddle a handful of chervil with cucumber and lime juice in a mortar, and infuse it into gin with a splash of dry white vermouth, then strain it into a martini glass. Elegant and sophisticated, it’s light-years away from those terribly sweet martini variations.

From the story: Herbal cocktails, anyone?

1

Muddle the cucumber, chervil leaves and lime juice together in a mortar.

2

Pour the mixture into a glass measuring cup or small pitcher and add the gin and vermouth. Allow to infuse for 5 minutes.

3

Add the ice cubes and stir until the drink is chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, pressing to extract any juices.

4

Garnish with a sprig of chervil and a peeled cucumber strip on a bamboo skewer.