They say that fish and company go bad after 3 days. We've had company at least every weekend for the past 3 months. Add a new baby, sleep deprivation, and work drama to the equation and you've got a whole lot of bad. I think we could all use a cocktail from Martha Stewart. No one can drink to endure company like a WASP. I'd like to dedicate both this drink and the power ballad link below to my husband, baby, and dog. Someday we will be alone together again.
Cucumber Ginger Cocktails
1 1/2 cups vodka
1 English cucumber, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 lime, cut into 8 wedges
2 bottles (750 mL each) sparkling water
1/2 to 1 cup Ginger Simple Syrup (see below)
Put vodka and chopped cucumber in a nonreactive container. Refrigerate 1 hour. Strain; discard cucumber. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to use, up to 2 days.
Fill eight tumblers with ice. Add 3 tablespoons infused vodka to each glass. Squeeze, then drop, a lime wedge into each. Top with sparkling water; stir in 2 tablespoons syrup.
Ginger Simple Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 piece (about 10 inches long and 4 ounces; or use several small pieces) fresh ginger, peeled and cut into very thin rounds
Bring the sugar and water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add ginger; bring to a simmer. Remove from heat, and let steep 30 minutes. Pour syrup through a fine sieve into an airtight container; discard ginger. Refrigerate up to 1 month.