This Gin Cocktail with Cucumber is a quick and light sip for an invigorating pick-me-up. Cucumber and mint have long been known as a refreshing combination. Add in some gin and pow, and it’s a really winning libation. Cocktail party for one, anyone?!
One of our favorite cocktail recipes to whip up on a hot day is this Gin Cocktail with Cucumber and maybe a Cranberry Margarita or a Spicy Cucumber Martini. This Cucumber Gin Cocktail is one of the best summer cocktails to serve at a party or after a long day. After one sip of this refreshing cocktail, you’ll feel cool as a cucumber!
What Is a Cucumber Gin Cocktail?
This Gin Cocktail with Cucumber combines the freshness of cucumber with the brightness of mint and muddled to perfection. The key to this delicious cocktail lies in the muddling. Muddling is the practice of crushing ingredients to release their fragrant oils and flavors. Then, once combined with the gin and lemonade, this delightful drink becomes a vibrant libation.
Why you’ll love this recipe
This recipe is super mild and perfect for those who don’t love the taste of alcohol but still want to enjoy a refreshing cocktail. Plus, this recipe only requires four ingredients and is super simple to make! No fancy blow torches or grilling required. Just a simple, straight-to-the-point cocktail that will cool you down on even the hottest of days.
- Cucumber – cut on a bias.
- Fresh Mint – more for garnish.
- Gin – use your favorite gin.
How to Make This Cucumber Gin Cocktail
Muddle cucumber slices with mint in a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice, lemonade, and gin. Shake and pour into a tall 8-ounce cold glass. Garnish with cucumber slices and mint leaves for that finishing touch.
Expert Recipe Tips
- You really need a muddling tool for this. You want to crush the leaves or fruit without destroying it. If you don’t have a muddling tool, you can use the back of a large wooden spoon as well. Place the herbs and fruits in the glass and gently twist and push on them with your muddler. You only need to bruise the mint lightly to release the fragrant oils and flavors. Once they are crushed, finish your cocktail. For harder foods like citrus fruits, you will want to muddle them separately since they require more pressure. Once they are crushed a bit, then you can combine them into the glass.
- Want more sweetness? Add a splash of simple syrup.
- For more carbonation, add a splash of club soda or tonic water.
- To reduce the sweetness, add a splash of lemon juice or lime juice instead of the lemonade.
- Instead of garnishing with mint, try a lemon wedge or a lemon slice. Or, add it to the mint! The more the merrier!
A cocktail is always made fresh, but you can make it ahead if you need to. Keep a pitcher in the fridge sans the ice, and have free-flowing cocktails on hand!
Absolutely! Feel free to use vodka instead if you don’t like the taste of gin.
Yes! Just replace the gin with tonic water or a non-alcoholic gin alternative. Then, make the rest of the recipe as written! You’ll still get the minty cucumber flavors without the buzz!
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With fresh ingredients that will leave you feeling rejuvenated, this Gin Cocktail with Cucumber is perfect for any occasion! If you try this recipe, please rate the recipe card and let us know if you liked it!
Muddled Mint and Cucumber Cooler Cocktail
- 1 small cucumber - sliced on a bias
- 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves - plus more for garnish
- 1 cup lemonade
- 1 oz gin
- Muddle 3 to 4 slices of cucumber with the mint in a shaker with ice, lemonade and gin.
- Shake well and pour into a tall 8-ounce glass.
- Garnish with extra cucumber slices and mint leaves.
Nutritional informations provided as a courtesy and is only an approximatation. Values will changes based on ingredients used.
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