Sake Spear with Cucumber Ice
2 cucumbers, peeled & seeded
2 cups warm water
3 oz. medium-dry ginjo-style sake (Momokawa Diamond recommended)
5 oz. ginger beer or ginger ale
3 oz. club soda
Cucumber spears & lemon slices, to garnish
Ice: Several hours in advance, combine cucumbers and water in a blender on high until smooth. Strain mixture a little at a time through a fine strainer, pressing the pulp of each batch with the back of a large spoon until all the water is extracted. The water should appear light green. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze.
Cocktail:Fill four 14-ounce highball glasses halfway with cucumber ice. Pour sake, ginger beer or ale, and club soda over cucumber ice, and stir. Slice a cucumber lengthwise into spears, and garnish along with a lemon slice.