Farm to Shaker – Cucumber Spritz

Photography by Karen E. Segrave | Special thanks to the Little Rock Farmers Market

It’s time to enjoy some summer sips to beat the heat!

The Little Rock Farmers Market features the season’s best bounty of the Natural State’s goodness. From fruits and vegetables, to herbs that add that extra something special, embrace the opportunity to shop fresh + local and support Arkansas farmers.

You know we love a good cocktail here at Inviting Arkansas, so we decided to taste test some of the farm-to-shaker inspired summertime beverages featured in our latest issue. Each week we’ll be sampling + reviewing so stay tuned!

Next up: Cucumber Spritz

Cucumber Spritz
Cucumber Spritz

So far this is our least favorite cocktail recipe. Apparently none of us are big fans of vermouth in our cocktails, so if you like vermouth you will probably enjoy this recipe a lot more than we did.

MT: The bitterness of the vermouth brings down the fresh cucumber flavor. So I’d go no vermouth and add a splash of lime.

KW: More bubbles! Are you surprised? Very light and refreshing, but more bubbles – less vermouth.

CK: It’s basically spa water with a kick. There’s just too much vermouth for my taste. I also think it could benefit from a splash of lemon, maybe even some mint.

Additional thoughts from the group:

  • Not for those who aren’t vermouth fans.
  • A bit of citrus would really make this flavor profile come alive.

Cucumber Spritz


1 ounce vodka
1 ounce dry vermouth
2 cucumber ribbons (created using a potato peeler)
2 ounces sparkling water
2 ounces tonic water


Combine all the ingredients in a glass filled with ice and stir.

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