Ok, the title of this post is meant to be tounge in cheek. The Journal has an Associated Press link on their front page talking about cucumber flavored Pepsi Ice soda. Americans have always been infatuated with the strange stuff that the Japanese eat and drink but I would like to point out that Press Cocktail Soda, LLC, based right here in Milwaukee, already has a cucumber cocktail soda and without even tasting the Pepsi cucumber soda, I would bet that Press tastes a whole lot better. What I don’t understand is how people are so freaked out about cucumber soda. Some restaurants place a slice of cucumber your drinking water providing for a very refreshing drink. Several versions of Pimm’s Cup, a popular drink in England, also features cucumbers as do some versions of Sangria.
I recently purchased a 4 pack of Press Cucumber Cocktail Soda (well before this Japanese Cucumber Pepsi story hit the wire) and I really like it. The flavor of cucumber is pronounced, but not overpowering and the soda by itself is quite refreshing. I made a Press cucumber mojito that I enjoyed Saturday evening, here is the recipe:
5-6 Mint Leaves
3 oz light rum (I used Bacardi)
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 can of Cucumber Press
1. Muddle the mint and sugar in the bottom of a pint glass. Add a little rum to help dissolve the sugar.
2. Fill the glass with ice
3. Pour the rum into the glass then top off with Press cucumber.