2nd Ave Cocktail #2

INGREDIENTS
4 wheels of cucumber, 1 reserved for garnish
2 sprigs of dill
¾ oz honey syrup
¾ oz fresh lime juice
2½ oz gin
PREPARATION
In a mixing glass, muddle the cucumber and dill with honey syrup. Next, add lime juice and gin and shake vigorously. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a chilled cocktaile glass. Garnish with a cucumber [...]

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Apéritif de Lillet Cannelle Basilic

Makes 1 cocktail

Ingredients

1 ounce cucumber infused gin
2 ounces lillet blanc
½ ounce blood orange juice
½ ounce cinnamon basil syrup
Garnish with cucumbers marinated in cinnamon basil and lillet blanc
Cinnamon basil leaves for garnish

Directions

In a shaker filled with ice, combine gin, lillet, blood orange juice and cinamon basil syrup. Shake [...]

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Arabic Salad

Serves 6
The secret to success of this classic Middle Eastern recipe is small/tiny uniform pieces. They catch the flavors better and ensure the exceptional fresh taste with the prefect ratio of flavors! Each region has their own variation of this recipe, my favorite is probably the Lebanese version which is very herbaceous.
Ingredients
4 small Persian [...]

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Cauliflower Tabouli with Lemon Olive Oil Dressing

Ingredients

1 head of cauliflower, cut up in pieces
¼ cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
3 medium tomatoes, seeded and finely diced
¼ cup red onion, finely diced
1 cup cucumbers, seeded and diced
¼ cup hemp seeds
2 bunches of flat parsley, finely chopped
1 handful of mint leaves, finely chopped

Directions

Put the cut cauliflower in the food [...]

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Cilantro Lime Mango Gazpacho

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
3 medium mangoes, peeled, pitted and diced small
1 red bell pepper, chopped fine
3 large cucumbers, peeled, deseeded and chopped fine
1 red onion, chopped fine
3 cloves of garlic, chopped fine
1 jalapeno pepper, deseeded and chopped fine
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
Juice of 5 limes
Zest of 2 limes
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon [...]

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Cucumber and Onion Salad

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
2 long regular or English cucumbers
2 Vidalia or other sweet onions
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
A pinch of fresh black pepper or crushed red pepper
¼ cup chopped mixed fresh herbs, such as parsley, chives, mint, basil, or tarragon
DIRECTIONS
Slice the cucumbers and onions as thin as you can. Mix the sugar, vinegar, and pepper [...]

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Cucumber Raita

Serves 4 to 6
INGREDIENTS
2¼ cups plain yogurt
1 large cucumber, peeled and shredded
1 fresh hot green chile, seeded and finely chopped
½ teaspoon ground toasted cumin
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon salt, to taste
DIRECTIONS
Whisk the yogurt in a bowl until smooth and lightened. Add the shredded cucumber, green chile, toasted cumin, and cayenne, and stir. Chill well, and [...]

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Detox Shots

Makes one shot
Beet Basil Shot
½ cup fresh beets, 1 cup fresh basil leaves, ¼ cup orange juice
Grapefruit Parsley & Lemon-Thyme
¼ cup grapefruit juice, ½ cup fresh parsley leaves, ½ cup fresh lemon-thyme leaves
Lemon Ginger Mint
¼ cup lemon juice, ½ inch chunk fresh ginger, ½ cup mint
Cucumber Parsley Mint
½ cucumber, ½ cup [...]

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Grilled Chicken Pillards with Cucumber and Melon Herb Salsa

Serves 6
Ingredients
4 large chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
Salt/pepper
1 teaspoon lime zest
Juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons almond oil
1 tablespoon agave nectar
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped fine
½ medium sized cantaloupe, deseeded, peeled and chopped small
2 large cucumbers, deseeded and chopped small
½ [...]

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Herbed Garlic Pita Toasts with Minty Cucumber and Yogurt

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
For Pita
4 pita rounds, each cut into 8 triangles
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
Salt
For Dip
1 large cucumber, peeled, cut in half, seeded, grated, and strained
2 cups Greek yogurt
2 cloves garlic, grated on microplane
1 teaspoon ground coriander
3 tablespoons fresh mint, [...]

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Mutton Holler Swamp Coolers

Makes one gallon of non alcoholic mixer
Ingredients
Zest of 5 limes
Zest of 4 lemons
Juice of 10 limes
Juice of 10 lemons
2 cups mint simple syrup
1 cup cucumber puree (cucumbers pureed)
1 cup strawberry puree (strawberries pureed)
4 cups water
4 cups seltzer water
Ice
Cucumber slices, strawberry sliced, lemon slices and mint leaves
Cucumber infused gin for the alcoholic drinks (cucumber slices infused [...]

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Pickled Ginger Red Onion Cucumbers

Makes 2 cups
Ingredients
1 cup water
1 cup rice wine vinegar, flavored with ginger if you can find
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup chopped fresh mint
1 large euro cucumber washed & sliced thin (peels on)
2 cayenne or red chili peppers sliced thinly, seeds removed (Serrano chili’s can be substituted)
1 medium red onion sliced thin
¼-½ cup fresh ginger, [...]

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Roasted Lamb with Eggplant, Cucumbers, Mint, Anchovy, and Yogurt

INGREDIENTS
1 cup yogurt
Lemon juice, to taste
Olive oil
2 cucumbers, peeled and finely chopped
½ cup mint leaves
2 large eggplant, diced and salted
2 anchovy fillets, finely chopped
½ teaspoon chili flakes
5 cloves garlic, only 1 clove finely chopped
1 lb. lamb loin
salt and pepper, to taste
1 large sprig rosemary
Maldon sea salt, to taste
PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 475˚F. In mixing bowl whisk [...]

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Santorini Tzaziki

We wanted to bring you a little taste of Oia, so here are a few recipes for the wonderful Santorini foods that one can experience on the unforgettable Greek isles.

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Santorini Tzaziki

Makes 2 cups
Ingredients
1 medium sized cucumber, peeled out but not deseeded and chopped fine
1 cup Greek Yogurt
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ cup fresh dill, chopped
½ cup fresh mint, chopped
Juice of 2 lemons
Salt and pepper
Directions
In a small bowl mix together the cucumber and yogurt until combined. Stir in the garlic, fresh herbs and the lemon juice [...]

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Tamarind Beef Satay with Hot & Cold Cucumber Mint Sauce

Serves 6
Ingredients
1½ pounds beef, hanger of flank steak preffered, cut into strips and pound thin
Wooden Skewers, pre-soaked
2 tablespoons tamarind paste
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
3 cloves of garlic, grated
1 shallot, chopped fine
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of 3 limes
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon sambal
Hot & Cold Cucumber Sauce (recipe follows)
Directions
Mix the tamarind, ginger, garlic, shallot, lime juice [...]

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Thai Cucumber Salad with Roasted Peanuts

Serves 6
Ingredients
2 english cucumbers, peeled and chopped fine
1 clove garlic, chopped fine
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped fine
1 medium red onion, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, chopped fine
1 red chili, chopped fine
½ cups fresh mint, chopped
Juice of 2 limes
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
Salt
Roasted peanuts, chopped coarsely
Directions
Toss together in a large mixing bowl [...]

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White Gazpacho

Serves 6-9
Ingredients
4 euro or hot house cucumbers, peeled and chopped
2 pounds white (green) grapes, halved
1 cup white balsamic vinegar
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cups raw almonds
1 cup Greek yogurt
Salt & pepper to taste
Directions
In a food processor, combine the cucumbers, grapes, ½ cup white balsamic vinegar, ½ cup extra virgin olive oil, almonds and yogurt [...]

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Yellow Gazpacho Cocktails with Grilled Cilantro Pesto Shrimp & Avocadoes

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
15 medium yellow tomatoes cut into little pieces, making sure to retain liquid
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped
2 medium cucumbers, peeled
¼ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
15 shrimp, tail on and cleaned
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
¼ cup cilantro pesto, [...]

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