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Prep Time:  5 minutes | Active Time: 5 minutes | Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 Persian cucumber, chopped
  • 10 fresh basil leaves
  • Ice
  • 3 ounces vodka
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • 2 tablespoons simple syrup
  • 1 ounce green Chartreuse liqueur
  • 1 English cucumber, shaved into long ribbons (1 ribbon per serving)
  • 2 edible flowers, such as pansies or violets (optional)


1. Put the chopped Persian cucumber and the basil leaves in a cocktail shaker and muddle until well smashed and fragrant. Add a few ice cubes, then pour in the vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, and Chartreuse.

2. Place the top on the shaker and shake like the dickens, about 20 seconds. Pour through a fine-mesh strainer into two rocks glasses filled with ice. Garnish each with a cucumber ribbon and an edible flower.


Omit the Chartreuse and replace the vodka with 1/2 cup of a nonalcoholic spirit, such as Seedlip.