Buddha's Hand

Friday, November 23rd, 2007 | click here to comment

I was wandering around Balducci's the other day looking for produce when I happened upon the strangest fruit I have ever seen. According to the tag the strange fruit was Buddha's Hand, which immediately brought to mind my dinner at The Modern, but I'll get back to that.

I contemplated buying the Buddha's Hand, but I wasn't really sure what to do with it so I snapped a photo, went home and looked it up.

According to Wikipedia, Buddha's Hand is "a type of citron and is often described as lemon-like. The fruit is segmented into finger-like sections. It has a thick peel and a small amount of acidic flesh and is seedless and juiceless." It can be used in salads, with fish, or candied.

Now why did I think of The Modern? Well, apparently the cucumber caipiroska I had at The Modern is made with Hangar One Buddha's Hand vodka! I found the cocktail recipe after searching online, but I haven't had a chance to try it at home. I've included it below in case someone wants to give it a try. Thanks to TheWanderingEater on Flickr for the photo!

Cucumber Caipiroska

1 oz. English Cucumber Juice

2 English Cucumber Wheels


½ oz. Simple Syrup S

plash Lemon Juice

1½ oz. Hangar One Buddha’s Hand

Splash Soda Water

Muddle Cucumber Wheels, Lemons, and Simple Syrup. Add ice. Add remaining ingredients except Soda Water. Shake and serve in a Highball Glass. Top with Soda Water.




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