The buddha’s hand is a weird looking citron. The fruit is segmented into long fingers. There’s little flesh, but the thick skin is very aromatic. Hanger 1, an Alameda, California, distillery, uses the fruit to make a flavored vodka. In this cocktail, we’ve combined it with cucumber. While you can swap out the Buddha’s Hand for another citron-infused base spirit, we created this recipe specifically for the unique flavor profile of Buddha’s Hand vodka.
2 ounces Buddha’s Hand Vodka (or citron-flavored vodka)
1/2 ounce dry vermouth
3 thin slices of unpeeled cucumber
Small pinch of salt
Muddle the vermouth, 2 cucumber slices and salt in a mixing glass. Add several ice cubes and the vodka. Stir slowly for 20 seconds, until well-chilled. Pour through a fine-mesh strainer into a chilled cocktail glass. Float the remaining cucumber slice on top as a garnish.
Tasting notes: That barest pinch of salt enhances the flavors so each taste pops. A winning zinger of a martini.
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