Time Required: 5 minutes

Cucumber Cooler

A refreshing and delicious summer cocktail.

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Notes:

This recipe comes from my mom, Bonnie.

For a different but equally refreshing taste, you can use basil leaves instead of mint.

For a more intense cucumber taste, use cucumber infused vodka. You can infuse by adding ½ cup peeled, seeded, chopped cucumber to 1 ¼ cups vodka. Store in a dark cool place. Shake once a day. Taste after 3 days. Infuse for up to 5 days, until desired intensity. Strain into glass jar, store in the refrigerator.

Cucumber Cooler

Ingredients

Cucumber Juice:
  • 1 whole cucumber
  • ~½ cup water
Simple Syrup:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
Cocktail:
  • 7 lime wedges
  • 7 mint leaves
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 2 oz cucumber juice
  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • Cold seltzer water
  • lime, mint, and cucumber for garnish

Steps

  1. Make cucumber juice as follows:
    1. Peel and seed one whole cucumber (or use a seedless cucumber).
    2. Chop into 2 inch pieces, place in blender with about ½ cup water, or more as needed.
    3. Blend until frothy, adding water if it's too thick to blend.
    4. Strain with fine mesh strainer into glass jar or other container, pressing the solids to extract as much juice as possible.
    5. Discard the solids, set 2 oz of the juice aside for the cocktail, and store the remaining juice in the refrigerator.
  2. Make simple syrup as follows:
    1. Place the sugar and water in a small (ideally nonstick) pot.
    2. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar is fully dissolved.
    3. Turn off the heat and let the syrup cool to room temperature.
    4. Set aside 1 oz for your cocktail, then store the rest in a sealed glass jar in the fridge for up to 1 month.
  3. Muddle lime and mint with the simple syrup in the bottom of a cocktail shaker
  4. Add vodka, ice, and 2 oz of the cucumber juice. Shake well
  5. Pour over ice in a cocktail glass.
  6. Pour cold seltzer water to fill glass, stir gently.
  7. Garnish with a cucumber slice, lime wedge, and mint leaf.
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