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Cucumber-Mint Martini

Prep: 10 minutes • Serves: 1

1 cup ice
1 (3-inch) piece cucumber, peeled and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces (about 1/2 cup)
10 fresh mint leaves plus additional sprig for garnish (optional)
2 ounces (1/4 cup) gin or vodka
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) apple juice
1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) fresh lime juice
1-1/2 teaspoons agave nectar

1.Place ice in martini glass to chill. In cocktail shaker, with large spoon or muddler, mash cucumber pieces. Add mint leaves; with spoon, gently press leaves into cucumber.

2.Add remaining ingredients and ice (in glass) to shaker. Shake vigorously until frost appears on exterior of shaker; strain through fine-mesh strainer into martini glass and garnish with mint sprig, if desired.

Approximate nutritional values per serving: 

205 Calories, 0g Fat (0g Saturated), 0mg Cholesterol,
6mg Sodium, 15g Carbohydrates, 1g Fiber, 1g Protein

Helpful Tips:
> Similar to a pestle, a muddler is a long stick used to mash fruits, herbs and spices in the bottom of a cocktail shaker or glass.

> Gently muddle mint leaves so as to not bruise them, which can result in a bitter flavor.