This take on the Tom Collins is from mixologist Joel Teitelbaum. He mixes vodka with cucumber, lemon juice and fresh mint, then tops the drink with soda water “to finish with that slight carbon dioxide astringency you get from good seltzer,” he says.
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8 mint leaves
Three 1/4-inch-thick cucumber wheels, plus 1 long cucumber slice for garnish