Cocktail and BookNot all of the recipe compilations we’re working through for the June Cookbook Challenge are food-focused.  We’ve also got our share of cocktail recipe books, and we committed to working our way through all of those during the month, as well.

One of those books, Highballs High Heels, describes itself as “a girl’s guide to the art of cocktails.”  Good news – these are definitely not gender-specific drinks (though the names and descriptions are definitely geared toward young women who like to entertain).  They pack a decent punch, and they run the gamut from the sweet and fruity to the strong and bracing.

Looking to enjoy a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, we opted to try something called the “Bikinitini.”  It’s got cucumber sticks for garnish – talk about refreshing!  This frozen beverage makes a great alternative to a margarita, and it goes down way too easily.  Enjoy them by the blender-full!

Bikinitini

4 ounces vodka
2 ounces triple sec
2 ounces fresh lemon juice
1 cup peeled, seeded and cubed cucumber
4 fresh mint leaves (optional)
2 cups cracked ice

1 small cucumber, cut into long,thin sticks for garnish

In a blender, combine all of the ingredients except the cucumber sticks.  Blend until thick and slushy, with no ice chips remaining.  Divide the mixture among four 6-ounce cocktail glasses.  Garnish each drink with a cucumber stick or two.