Author Notes: The combination of cucumber, lime and mint is so refreshing -- it just feels like summer. I also love this drink because it can handle a lot of ice, and actually tastes better as the ice melts a bit. That makes it perfect for poolside. - Cfrancke - Cfrancke
Food52 Review: While shaking the ingredients for the Cucumber Cooler, suddenly there was most delicious and refreshing smell. After all, doesn’t anything with cucumber, mint, and lime smell good? Add in a splash of gin, and you’re golden. Cfranke’s cucumber cooler does not disappoint. The drink was refreshing, and with the ingredients being fairly wholesome, I liked to think that I was drinking some type of spa water. Spiked spa water, that is (although I consider Hendrick’s to be a health food). My companion and I delighted in these coolers at a humidity-filled Sunday brunch. It's perfect for drinking beside the pool or any large body of water! - cbear1984 - cbear1984
- 1 cucumber, peeled and cut into 3 large chunks
- 2 ounces fresh squeezed lime juice
- 4 sprigs mint, leaves removed (about 10-15 leaves))
- 1 1/4 ounce light agave nectar (or simple syrup)
- 3 ounces Hendricks gin
- splashes soda water
- Take 1 of the large cucumber chunks and cut into slightly smaller pieces. Put in cocktail shaker.
- Add mint, lime juice and agave nectar to shaker
- Muddle well, pressing down on the cucumber to really extract all the good flavor and liquid. Really grind down on the mint to get as much flavor as possible
- Add gin
- Fill shaker with ice and shake drink. (This is best done with a shaker with a glass attachment because you want some of the bits of muddled cucumber to come through into the drink and a regular shaker wont let you do that). You can also toss it back and forth between a shaker and a large glass.
- Pour the drink into 2 large glasses (large plastic wine glasses feel so right :). Add additional ice and top with club soda.
- Sip away!