Surrey Street treats: cucumber and mint martini

By - Thursday 29th September, 2016

Surrey Street market’s fresh cucumber and mint make for a deliciously different martini, says Karen Cartwright

Humble cucumber is the quintessentially English ingredient. Available all year round for next to nothing in Surrey Street, Croydon’s historic open air fruit and vegetable market, it makes a delightfully refreshing cocktail when combined with mint.

The cocktail: Cucumber and mint martini

Ingredients from the market:

2 inches of fresh cucumber

7 fresh mint leaves

Ingredients from the drinks cabinet

50ml vodka: Zubrowka (Bison Grass) vodka works well but any will do

Ingredients from the kitchen:

25ml apple juice (pressed, not from concentrate)

1 tsp simple syrup (made by combining equal quantities of sugar and hot water and allowing the sugar to dissolve)


Muddle the cucumber and the mint in the bottom of the cocktail shaker, add all of the other ingredients and ice and shake well. Fine strain into a martini glass or coupe. Garnish with cucumber slices or strips.

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Karen Cartwright

Karen Cartwright

Karen Cartwright is a long-term Croydon resident, business owner and mum of two. Karen spends her days and nights running two businesses: Beanies (a children’s café in the Whitgift Centre) and Project B (a bar and events venue in Old Town) with her two business partners. With all that going on it’s no wonder Karen’s biggest passion in life is cocktails!

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