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Cucumber-Fennel Fizz

“Imagine it’s 100°F with 90 percent humidity; the air is still and sodden. You are hot and sticky, and even breathing requires effort. What you need is a nice, cold drink. Cucumber Fennel Fizz is the perfect blend of tangy and refreshing. The cucumber is the standout flavor with a hint of fennel in the background. The lime juice and vinegar add a nicely sour edge. The fizz makes everything livelier. You feel invigorated; you can once again face the world.”

Servings 2 drinks
Author Adapted from Food52

Ingredients

  • 1 large cucumber
  • 1/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz apple cider vinegar
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1 inch fresh fennel bulb
  • 1 can club soda or ginger ale
  • 2 short stalks fresh fennel for garnish
  • 10 (frozen) blueberries
  • 3 oz gin (optional)

Instructions

  1. Skin cucumber, cut into 4 chunks, and toss into blender.

  2. Add lime juice, apple cider vinegar, ice, and 1-inch fresh fennel bulb. Add gin if using. Blend until smooth and foamy, about 1 minute. Don’t be tempted to add more liquid unless your cucumber is exceptionally dry and it refuses to blend. (In which case add a dash of soda.)

  3. Split the cucumber mix between two glasses, adding either club soda or ginger ale in a 1:1 ratio. Add 5 frozen or fresh blueberries to each glass. Garnish with a sprig of fresh fennel.