if there's one thing summer is good for, it's crafting the perfect cocktail. sure, the other seasons have their classics (god knows i love a good fireball and apple cider in october, a mix that tastes just like a well-seasoned apple pie) but nothing works quite as well with cold ice and a sweaty, dripping condensation than the heat of the summer.
there's a place around the corner that makes something like this and so i've got it into my head that i need to replicate it at home. it's delicious - the gentle coolness of the cucumber, the acid of the lime, buffered by sugar and then that surprising floral, herbal bit of thyme? exactly what you need on a hot summer night. this pairs well with just about anything but is incredibly perfect with that most classic of summer dishes - the hamburger.
2 oz vodka
2 oz seltzer
7-8 slices cucumber
2 sprigs thyme
juice of 1/2 lime
sugar, to taste
put cucumber and ice in a glass. mash it around a bit to release the cucumber juices (or, if you have a muddler, try that instead). add vodka, seltzer, and lime. add sugar to taste. mix and finish with thyme sprigs.