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The Cucumber Caipiroska: Perfect Summer Party Cocktail

Every spring and summer ins Athens, I would always head to Highwire Lounge for their signature cocktails. My favorite of which was the Cucumber Caipiroska. This recipe isn’t exactly the same, but it’s pretty great. The only thing missing is the smell of the booths make from unfinished wood.

Took this picture, in Highwire, on a Palm Pre. The drink closest to me is mine. It is almost definitely a cucumber caipiroska. 


  • 1 Cup caster sugar
  • 1 Cup lime juice
  • 3 Stalks of prepared lemongrass
  • 4 Cucumbers, peeled and deseeded
  • ⅔ Cup white vodka
  • 3 Cups soda water
  • Thinly sliced cucumber
  • Lime wedges

To Do

  1. Make a lime/lemongrass simple syrup. Place the sugar, lime juice and lemongrass in a saucepan over low heat and cook, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to high and bring to the boil for 2 minutes or until thickened slightly. You can do this in the microwave if you’re careful with it.
  2. Serve it up. Allow to cool completely. Strain. Place the cucumber, white rum and lemongrass syrup in a blender and process until smooth. Pass through a sieve into a 1.5 litre-capacity jug.
  3. Finish it off. Add the soda water, extra cucumber and ice and stir to combine. Squeeze in extra lime, if desired. You can do this park all together or per cup, depending on how fizzy you like it or quickly it’s being drank.

Makes 1.25 litres (5 cups)

That thing downtown that was going to be a Wal-Mart and then wasn’t isn’t going to be anything.

This is a selfmade image from the english wiki...

Progressive opponents to the Selig complex that would ruin traffic coming into downtown from the Eastside are ringing the victory bell. This is all well and good, but that land is still for sale and it’s still a sought-after piece of potential development gold. Something is going to happen there.

For one, I hope it involves a grocery store since living on East Broad St a few years ago without a car created a conundrum for me when I wanted to buy food. I also hope it involves widening Oconee Street, because the idea of more traffic at the 5-way intersection that marks the eastern boundary of downtown makes my heart begin to palpitate.

Though, an area of town that can barely keep a bar alive over its first summer might have some trouble sustaining retail outlets with what is rumored to include 100% less parking after certain proposed regulations pass. So, nothing might come of this after all. Or, maybe they’ll just raze it all and build yet another giant luxury apartment complex.