Corpse Reviver #2 Cucumber Sandwiches

July 12, 2012 8:38 PM EDT | By Anthony Smith
Cucumber Sandwiches
Corpse Reviver #2 Cucumber Sandwiches (Photo: Creative Commons)

"Why cucumber sandwiches? Why such reckless extravagance in one so young?" asks Jack in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. Well, we're taking this traditionally decadent and decadently traditional British sandwich and making it more reckless and extravagant than even Wilde could've imagined. Take note: there's nothing better than a traditional recipe unless you've found a way to sneak booze into it.

With just a floral, little wink coming from a secret splash of Beefeater Gin, these illicit little cucumber sandwiches will make you beam with pride as you extend your pinky and offer seconds. Serve with tonic water on ice.

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1. Prepare your gin station.

In a small white bowl, pour some Beefeater Gin over quite a bit of ice. Set aside.

2. Prepare your greens.

Chop up one-fourth a cup of mint leaves until they're a lovely state of minced.

Chop up slices of cucumber that are thin enough to still be delicate but thick enough to offer crunch, as many as you like. Chop as much as you want.

3. Prepare your spread.

Combine two tablespoons of softened unsalted butter with two tablespoons of softened cream cheese. Add the mint. Stir.

4. Assemble sandwiches.

Spread the mint-cream smear ever-so-thinly onto slices of white bread with the crust removed. Just before adding the cucumber to the sandwich, dip the cucumber into the gin and let drip for a few seconds before adding to the sandwich.

In other words, here is how they should be assembled: bread --> spread --> cucumber --> spread ---> bread.

Cut each assembled sandwich into four square pieces for maximum eatability. Enjoy!

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