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Cool Gin and Cucumber Cocktail

This Cool Gin and Cucumber Cocktail is a fresh twist that you’ll love to indulge in on a warm summer day! Refreshing, green and crisp!

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It’s not often that my husband turns me onto cocktails. I am usually the ring-leader when it comes to those things, but this time I have him to thank for my love of a refreshing gin and cucumber.

In honor of St. Patrick’s day, I’ve decided to unveil this super cool and super yummy cucumber gin cocktail. What I love most about this drink (and what makes it different from most recipes you’ll find on the internet) is that it is made with fresh cucumber juice. Don’t get me wrong, I love a stiff drink, but there is something super refreshing about cucumber juice that takes this favorite to another level.

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Most gin and cucumber cocktails have a few thin slices of cucumber mixed in. Others muddle slightly to get some of the flavor out. What ends up happening sometimes is that you really don’t taste the cucumber very much and you’re left munching on a gin-soaked veggie while you’re waiting for your next drink.

Well, I recently got myself a home juicer with which I’ve been making veggie drinks, many including cucumber, which reaps a ton of liquid. So I figured why not use that juice as a mixer to appease my fiance’s need for a sweeter cut but also offers a flavor that works for me?

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Besides, St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner and who doesn’t love a nice green drink in celebration? I know my Irish friends and family do. This drink can, of course, be enjoyed any other day of the year but when you can be festive, be festive… right?

The measurements for this recipe are for 1 cocktail. We use Hendrick’s but this will work well with other types. If you don’t have a juicer, that’s fine. Spend a little extra time muddling; you’ll have less essence of cucumber but you can still get some juice out of it.

RECOMMENDED ITEMS FOR PREPPING

  1.  A home juicer for juicing the cucumbers. The link provided is the one I own Hamilton Beach 67601A but I plan to upgrade to the Breville 800JEXL (1000 Watt) one day as it is a bit more pricey but definitely worth the purchase from what I’ve researched!
  2. A Mandolin to slice the cucumbers into nice even slices
  3. A Knife Sharpener if you don’t have a mandolin to ensure super thin slices.

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Cool Gin and Cucumber Cocktail

This Cool Gin and Cucumber Cocktail is a fresh twist that you'll love to indulge in on a warm summer day! Refreshing, green and crisp!

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Gin
  • 1.5 oz Cucumber Juice
  • 3-4 slices Cucumber, plus more for garnish (as pictured)
  • 1/4 Lime
  • 3-4 Mint leaves
  • 2.5-3 oz Tonic Water
  • 1 tsp sugar, optional, for the sweet tooth

Instructions

  1. Cut your cucumber slices using a mandolin. For the muddling cucumbers, cut circles; for garnish, cut long slices as pictured.
  2. Lightly muddle mint leaves, cucumber slices and lime wedge in a shaker (light enough that the cucumber stays mostly in tact - you get plenty of cucumber flavor from the juice itself).
  3. Juice half of a cucumber with a juicer. Muddle extra cucumber if you don't have a juicer.
  4. Add gin, cucumber juice and sugar (if using). Shake well and pour over ice.
  5. Top with tonic water and garnish with more mint and lime if desired.

 

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32 Comments

  1. That drink looks so refreshing (and the photos are stunning!). I’ve never thought of cucumber juice before but now I cannot wait to have some. Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

  2. This sounds fresh and refreshing! And finally an enticing drink to make with that bottle of gin that’s been sitting on the shelf forever…

  3. I juice everyday too and I can relate to the use of cucumbers and reaping the benefits. This is an awesome idea though. Will giv it a shot friday night. Hubby would love this.

  4. Gin is my drink and I love cucumber and fresh mint, so this really appeals to me. I’ll put this on my list of summer drinks to try. I imagine you can also use vodka too (my second favourite spirit)

  5. I love gin. I love gin. I work late all the time and blog all the time, I need one of these now :) Mmmmm looks absolutely delicious.

  6. I am literally drooling over your pictures! The drink looks soooo tasty. And, the recipe is so easy, I am definitely making it for a weekend get-together I have with my friends :)

  7. This sounds amazing! I’m a recent gin convert, and I love how refreshing it is with tonic water, lime, and mint. This sounds like a fun new twist, perfect for the new season. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Try cucumber juice with watermelon juice. I guess you could add some sort of liquor if you want, but it’s scrumptious just as it is!

  9. I’m drinking this cocktail as I type. This has become my August cocktail. I have an abundance of cucumbers from my garden and so this recipe is perfect. It is so refreshing! I used Death’s Door Gin from Washington Island, WI since I live on the bay of Green Bay. Perfect! Thanks for sharing!

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