Cucumber Basil Cooler

Okay, okay so this recipe originally is not supposed to have any booze in it...but what's the fun in that?! Also, I clearly can't write a Spirit Saturday post with out that sinful libation!

Cucumber Basil Cooler

serves 4 (makes a large pitcher)

Adapted from Heidi Swanson's, Super Natural Every Day


2-3 lemon cucumbers, partially peeled, chopped

1/2 cup vodka or gin

3 cups ice cubes (about 1 1/2 trays)

handful basil leaves

1/3 cup honey

juice of 1 lime

1/4 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt

In a blender combine cucumber, spirit of choice, ice, honey, basil, lime juice, and salt. Pulse until completely smooth and frosty. Make sure there are no ice chunks. Taste and adjust lime and salt. Pour in a pitcher and garnish glasses with cucumber and basil leaves or flower. (Might even be good with a rock salt rim!)