happy hour: zucchinitini

June 10th, 2011

This week I decided to make some zucchini fritters (recipe coming next week) and in the process I ended up with a jar of zucchini juice. I felt bad pouring it down the drain, it was just so darn pretty. So I sealed the jar and kept it for happy hour, figuring if cucumbers can be in cocktails so can zucchini. Fast forward to last night when I mixed up a super simple little number: zucchini juice, gin—I thought the herby notes in gin would play well together with the light vegetal flavor of the zucchini—a little lime and a bit of simple syrup to sweeten it up. The zucchini juice itself is very light, so the other flavors are more prominent, but every now and then you get a hint of the refreshing zucchini flavor. I think sake would work really well with this, but I didn’t have time to stop by the store to get it… next time! In the meantime, I’ll definitely be making another one of these to help me cool off in this crazy heat.

Cheers! To beating the heat, new veggies at the market and fun!

zuchinitini
makes one cocktail

1.5 oz gin
1 oz zucchini juice (strained from shredded zucchini)
1 oz fresh lime juice
1/2 oz simple syrup

Comments: 18 Total

  1. Allyn

    June 10, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I’ve never thought about zucchini in a drink before, but I love cucumbers in them, and oh how I love zucchini bread. I’ll have to get my man to make this for me soon!

  2. lo

    June 10, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Brilliant. I never thought about zucchini “juice” having a flavor. But, why wouldn’t it? Love the idea of pairing it with gin…

  3. tracy

    June 10, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    ZUCCHINITINI!!! I want to say it over and over again. Sounds so refreshing! Cheers.

  4. Michelle

    June 10, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    I agree – the name is wonderful

  5. Christopher E P

    June 12, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Hi There,

    Just wanted to drop by and say keep up the great work on your site.

    Thanks,

    Christopher E P

  6. sydney

    June 14, 2011 at 4:32 am

    Hmm Courgette juice. Such an interesting idea. I love your drink recipes. I can’t wait to try and make one. I think any good meal must start with a fun interesting cocktail. I want to buy some elderberry liquor!

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  9. prasad

    July 25, 2012 at 7:53 am

    What a perfect and fresh summer meal. Loving your contribution here, Thorough, inspiring, delicious. andhra kitchen

  10. Yoshi Blue

    August 22, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    What a great way to save the extra zucchini juice you had left over. Thanks for the drink idea.

  11. Melissa aka Foodvixen

    September 14, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    This is ingenious!!! I have a bunch of zucchini and I’ve been searching for different recipe ideas. Thanks a lot for this one. Going into my archives. :) Keep up with the great work!

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  13. Joanne

    October 24, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    What a fabulous idea! I’ve had a cucumber martini before, but never zucchini!

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    November 14, 2012 at 4:31 am

    Brilliant. Simple and superb!!!!!

  15. Heide M.

    January 31, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Love the twist of using zucchini. Wish I had a sip of this.

  16. James

    March 23, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I’m not usually a big fan of adding Zucchini into things but that Martini looked delicious!

  17. Judy Myer

    July 26, 2013 at 5:26 am

    Zucchini + Martini? I wonder how it would really taste!! Love the idea, though. Very unique, and great combination of name, of course.

  18. Gourmet Creations

    September 28, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Looks fantastic!

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