Cool as a cucumber and tart as Serena Williams, my new favorite cukestrawberry.jpgcocktail can be found at Oswald. I’m calling it “Rites of Spring” and it definitely leads to spirited behavior.

The secret ingredient of this crisp, unsweet, distinctive drink is…..cucumber. Specifically English cucumber.  Muddled into the the goblet, first cucumber slices and then a fresh strawberry. Add a fresh lemon and ice-cold vodka. Amazing.

Actually, I encountered the cucumber recently as the secret weapon in another cocktail, the Bellevue, at Hawg’s, where it is joined by ginger liqueur and Hendrick’s gin. Also killer.