Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen
No juicer? No problem. To get fresh cucumber juice without one, simply peel your cucumbers, puree them in a blender, transfer the puree to a fine mesh sieve placed over a large measuring cup, then gently press with the back of a spoon to extract the liquid.
Serves 5 (serving size: about 1 cup)
1. Combine 3/4 cup water, sugar, fennel, and 5 lemon rind strips in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Heat 4 minutes or until sugar dissolves, stirring with a whisk. Remove from heat; let stand 15 minutes. Strain mixture through a fine sieve; discard solids.
2. To prepare each cocktail, combine 3 tablespoons syrup, 1/2 cup cucumber juice, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice in a cocktail shaker; shake 30 seconds. Pour into a glass filled with ice. Top each with 1/3 cup club soda; stir. Garnish each with 1 lemon rind strip.