Drinking the Farmer’s Market: Fiery Mint & Cucumber Cobbler, with Homemade Mint-Infused Liquor

August 31st, 2013 - filed under: The Food » Recipes


Well my friends, we’ve come to the end of this journey. Tomorrow is Labor Day – the official finish of summer – and therefore this will be the final installment of the Sunday Morning Cocktail series. This has been one of my very most favorite collections I’ve done here on BA. And of course, I saved a fun one for last!


This dichotomous cocktail features calming mint, cooling cucumber, and a righteous injection of fearsome, fiery habanero peppers. Habaneros are hot hot hot – the perfect way to prolong these last precious days of summer.


A cobbler is a cocktail which features crushed ice. Did you know that? I didn’t, until I conceptualized and created this drink, and thus was responsible for naming it. Crushed ice is easy to make by wrapping ice cubes in a terrycloth towel and then pulverizing them. AKA, therapy.


To make a Fiery Mint & Cucumber Cobbler:

Mince 1/2 a small habanero pepper and add it to a shaker. Habanero is crazy like a fox. Use gloves.

To the shaker, add a handful of diced cucumbers. We used Persians which have a delightfully sweet and thin skin, but if you’re using something else like hothouse or English, you’ll want to peel them first.



To the shaker, add 2 ounces of mint-infused vodka (see infusions instructions here; mint takes about a week) and 1-2 teaspoons of agave syrup (or simple syrup). Top with ice cubes and shake vigorously to combine.


Fill your glass with crushed ice. Pour the contents of the shaker into the glass, using a fine mesh sieve to strain. You can also add some cucumber rounds at the bottom of the glass, if you like.


Top off with club soda, stir, and garnish with a cucumber, a pepper, mint, or a crazy combination of all three. Enjoy the sweet, cooling sips and the fiery, dragons-breath exhales. This is definitely not a boring cocktail!



  • Kerstin La Cross

    Funny. I LOVE spicy foods, but spicy cocktails have me running for water.

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    This one has a nice heat that hits on the back of the tongue, but doesn’t hurt or even reach your throat. Definitely spicy, but not painfully so. ;-)

  • skeptk_vegan

    Awesome series! Thank you so much for the inspiration! There’s a bar down the road from me that makes about…70 different house infusions. They use slushy machines to make “lushies”… Very, VERY dangerous! Lots of cool flavor ideas.

  • Kylie – FotV

    Is it ok of I cry a little that this series is over?? :(