When Morgan and I moved into our new house, I told him that I wanted loads of plants around! Following lifestyle bloggers has given me inspiration to make our home a living space. Plants are the best decor in my opinion. Something about the combination of green with white, black and warm woods just is soothing to me. And clearly a lot of other people too because you can find it everywhere on Instagram!
Currently we have one big fern, two money trees (seriously cute braided trunks!), a waxy leaved tree called a dumb cane and a hanging plant with the scientific name Philodendron that is so beautiful and just sweeps down beyond it’s pot. I still need to get a hanging accessory for this so it can go in our dining room. Any suggestions? I was thinking this one: macrame plant hanger.
In addition to the plants we have 2 jade plants, 1 small aloe plant, 1 that I think is a echeveria in blue-green and few that are in magnetic planters on the fridge. Lastly, our favorite one is a 12″ potted variety of succulents given to us by our dear friends as a house warming gift! We have been told that we absolutely cannot let it die! As far as succulents go, an ice cube does the trick with the watering so they are a no-brainer for my lazy style of plant watering. Well, the other day I walked into Trader Joe’s and they had some pretty potted plants and succulents… and I bought MORE. I added another large aloe plant and some small one that I have no idea about. It’s safe to say that succulents and greenery are my weakness. I guess it could be worse.
Speaking of weaknesses, these cucumber margaritas are to die for! Some say they will also make you weak in the knees! Weakness – weak in the knees… too much?! Eh, either way, ever since I developed the recipe a week and a half ago, Morgan and I have made them multiple times! That’s impressive for us because we usually aren’t big drinkers unless there’s a special occasion. The only occasion here is the abundance of cucumbers we have and the simplicity of this drink! I went out with the girls this week and when I came home, Morgan had even made himself one for lounging on the couch. If that’s not a positive reinforcement for this drink, I don’t know what is!
It all started when one of my coworkers brought in fresh cucumbers from his garden. I grabbed two and used them in salads. Then a week later, he brought in probably 3x the amount! I had to grab a whole handful and started brainstorming on what to use them for. Cucumbers are so refreshing and in this North Carolina summer heat, there is no better way than to use them to flavor an ice cold cocktail. Not only is it refreshing, this recipe comes together in less than 5 minutes, and even less if you prep the cucumber juice ahead of time!
Step one: fill your house the greenery. Step two: make this margarita. Step three: pair with tacos or just a good Spotify playlist and kick back and enjoy your new greenery! So here we go!
Be sure to tag #withadashofsalt if you make this recipe!
Cool Cucumber Margarita
- 4 tsp cucumber juice from 1 medium cucumber
- salt or sugar for the rim
- 8 mint leaves
- 2 tsp light agave nectar, divided
- 4 oz silver tequila
- 2 oz cointreau
- 1 1/3 oz lime juice from 1-2 limes
Using a zester, grate the whole cucumber, including the rind (it gives it an awesome color!) A cheese grater can be used in a pinch.
Place the zested cucumber into a fine mesh sieve over a glass measuring cup or a bowl and use a spoon to press the juice out of the cucumber bits.
Salt or sugar the rim of your glasses if desired.
Add two mint leaves and 1/2 tsp of agave nectar to each glass with a few ice cubes and muddle. If you don't have a muddler, then use the back of a wooden spoon or other rounded utensil.
In a cocktail shaker, mix the tequila, cointreau, lime and cucumber juices and shake to combine. Alternatively, you can add these ingredients in a large glass and stir.
Split evenly between 4 glasses filled with ice.
Garnish with lime slices, cucumber slices and mint leaves.
Sip, sip, siiiiip!