2015-08-20 / Cuisine

Here’s to refreshing summer cocktails that feature cucumbers

CUISINE NEWS
BY LINDSEY NESMITH


Masa’s cucumber margarita Masa’s cucumber margarita Cocktail recipes are always a popular item here and every time we find new ones, we like to share. These cucumber- inspired beverages come courtesy of D’Amico & Partners’ two local restaurants, Café Lurcat and Masa, both of which have catering options. Check out what else they have to offer for your next gathering at lurcatcatering.com or masa-restaurant.com.

CUCUMBER MINT MARTINI
2 diced coins of sliced, peeled cucumber
4-6 mint leaves
1 oz. fresh lime juice
1 oz. simple syrup
1¾ oz. premium vodka
¼ oz. Cointreau or triple sec

Muddle cucumber, mint leaves, lime juice and simple syrup in a shaker. Add ice and liquor. Shake, then strain into glass and garnish with an unpeeled cucumber slice.

CUCUMBER LIME MOJITO
3 diced coins of peeled, sliced English cucumber
5-6 mint leaves
1 oz. fresh lime juice
1½ oz. rum
Ice
Club soda

In a shaker, combine and muddle the cucumber slices, mint leaves, simple syrup and lime juice. Add rum and ice. Strain into an iced collins glass. Top with club soda and garnish with an unpeeled cucumber wheel and mint sprig.

CUCUMBER MARGARITA

1½ oz. cucumber-mint infused tequila (recipe follows)

½ oz. Cointreau or triple sec

2½ oz. margarita mix (store bought fine, but recipe follows)

Combine all ingredients into a shaker with ice and mix well. Strain into a cocktail glass with fresh ice and garnish with a thin slice of cucumber.

Cucumber-mint infused tequila

1 liter blanco tequila

2 English cucumbers, peeled to give a striped appearance

2 oz. fresh mint leaves without stalks

Combine all ingredients in a container with a tight lid and steep for at least 35 hours. Strain and pour back into tequila bottle.

Margarita mix

4 cups filtered water

2 cups fresh squeezed lime juice

1¾ cups simple syrup

Combine all ingredients and mix well.

Take note

¦ The Naples Originals quarterly gift certificate sale starts Thursday, Aug. 20, and runs while supplies last. The promotion includes 30 percent off $50, $25 and $15 certificates for 39 local, independent restaurants from Alexander’s to Zizi and 30 percent off $200 certificates for Crave Culinaire catering. Visit naplesoriginals.com to purchase.

¦ Avenue5 hosts Star-Tender Charity Night starting at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24, to benefit the Ricky King Children’s Fund, which provides medical equipment and services to local children in need. Florida Sen. Garrett Richter and First Florida Integrity bank CEO Gary Tice will tend bar for tips that will go to the organization, and restaurant owner Phil McCabe will match donations up to $2,000. 699 Fifth Ave. 403- 7170 or avenue5naples.com.

¦ The Local invites oenophiles to a trio of Friday-afternoon wine pairing events that combine the exalted beverage with the restaurant’s small bites. Walk-ins and reservations are welcome at tastings that take place at 4 p.m. Aug. 21 and Sept. 11 and 25. $10. 5323 Airport-Pulling Road. 596-3276 or thelocalnaples.com.

¦ Dagny’s Spirits hosts a free wine and liquor tasting at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27. 15205 Collier Blvd. 384-9421 or dagnysspirits.com.

¦ Perfect your Italian cooking techniques with help from classes at Barbatella. Topics include pizza crust, gnocchi, pasta, ricotta and more. Classes start at 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 25-Sept. 22. $45 per class. 263-1955 or barbatellanaples.com.

¦ The fifth annual Shula’s Steakhouse Champagne & Chocolate Sunset Cruise to benefit The United Way of Collier County sets sail aboard the Naples Princess at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9. Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and giveaways while sipping bubbly provided by Shula’s and sweets from Norman Love Confections. $85. To make reservations, call Jeff Jerome at 659-3176 or visit shulasnaples.com.

¦ New happy hour specials at The Continental include half-priced signature cocktails, $5 glasses of Cannon Road chardonnay or cabernet, raw oysters for $2.50 each and a menu of $5 appetizers that includes baked oysters, chicken liver pate, spicy fried chicken and deviled eggs. Promotion runs through Saturday, Oct. 10.

Make Sunday “date night” at The Continental, where the menu for two has dishes such as baked oysters, beef tenderloin brochettes and cheesecake. $50 for two. 659- 0007 or continentalnaples.com.

¦ Dine at Chez Boet through August and enjoy the Alsatian white wine Hugel “Gentil” for $18 a bottle or $6 a glass with your meal. 643-6177 or chezboetnaples.com.

¦ Through August, D’Amico & Sons’ “date night” menu for two includes a salad, a choice of chicken penne with artichokes, egg fettuccine with porchetta or ovenroasted garlic shrimp for an entrée and a glass of red or white wine. $32 for two. 4691 Ninth St. N. 430-0955 or damicoandsons.com.

¦ Celebrate the joys of champagne at Campiello every Tuesday through September, with $4 glasses at 4 p.m., $5 glasses at 5 p.m. and $6 at 6 p.m., etc. through 10 p.m. You can also pop open a bottle of Perrier Jouet on Tuesdays for $55. 1177 Third St. S. 435-1166 or campiello.damico.com.

¦ If it’s Wednesday, head to Yabba Island Grill and enjoy 50 percent off any bottle of wine regularly priced from $50 to $100. Dinner service starts at 5:30 p.m. seven days a week. 711 Fifth Ave. S. 262-5787 or gr8food.net. ¦

— Email dining and restaurant news to Lindsey Nesmith at lnesmith@floridaweekly.com.

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