Make Ahead

Cucumber-Lime Cocktail

April 20, 2010
4 Ratings
  • Serves 2
Author Notes

This is the perfect cocktail to welcome Spring. I don't have a picture now, but it's a beautiful light green color that looks great in a cocktail glass. The only issue is that you have to have the cucumber-infused gin... so I suggest you have a cocktail party and make this the house cocktail. You, and your guests, will be glad you made the effort! - saenyc —saenyc

Test Kitchen Notes

Sublime. Simply sublime. The cucumber provides a mildly astringent counterpoint to the woodsy gin, which together face off against the bright, tart lime, but then all of those tastes merge beautifully and somehow make sense when blended with the simple syrup. Saenyc has you infuse an entire regular sized bottle of gin. I’m so glad I did, as now I have the easiest of hot weather drinks, and a delicious one at that, right at my fingertips as we roll toward summer. When testing this, I dropped in a few of the infused cucumber pieces for the feistiest little dividend ever. What a great cocktail!! - AntoniaJames —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • Cucumber-infused Gin
  • 1 750 ml bottle good Gin (I prefer Hendrick's)
  • 3 nice sized cucumbers
  • Cucumber-Lime Cocktail
  • 4 ounces cucumber-infused gin
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 thin slice of cucumber
  • 1 long lime wedge
  1. Cucumber-infused Gin
  2. Peel, seed, and dice cucumbers.
  3. Place the cucumbers in a large pitcher or other container with a lid.
  4. Add gin. Stir. Set aside in a cool, dark place (the refrigerator if needed) for 3 days. Once per day, stir.
  5. Place a fine mesh strainer over a large measuring cup. Strain the cucumber/gin infusion into the measuring cup. Using a spoon, push as much liquid as possible out of the cucumber and through the strainer.
  6. Place a cheesecloth-lined funnel (I never said it was easy!) in the original gin bottle.
  7. Pour the contents through the cheesecloth and into the bottle. Will keep 6 months. Does not need refrigeration.
  1. Cucumber-Lime Cocktail
  2. Fill two cocktail glasses with large ice cubes. Set aside to chill.
  3. Fill a cocktail shaker with large ice cubes. Add the cucumber-infused gin, lime juice, and simple syrup to the shaker. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds (or more if you have a crowd). Let sit until the outside of the shaker starts to bead.
  4. Discard the ice in the cocktail glass.
  5. Strain the contents of the shaker into the glass.
  6. Float a cucumber slice on top of the drink, and garnish with the lime wedge. Enjoy.
  7. * if you really want to be bold and dazzle your guests, you'll add some diced jalapeno when making your simple syrup. It really adds a nice zing!

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  • AntoniaJames
  • lastnightsdinner
  • student epicure
    student epicure
  • mrslarkin
  • saenyc

7 Reviews

AntoniaJames May 10, 2010
Added a photo of the gin cucumber cocktail. Such a tasty, tasty drink. ;o)
AntoniaJames April 29, 2010
How much gin do you use to make the infusion? There must be a typo in the ingredient list, as one milliliter cannot be right . . . . ;o)
saenyc April 29, 2010
yikes! not sure how i blew that. i use one bottle... which is 750 ml.. thanks antonia!
hazeddazed April 24, 2010
This makes me thirsty.
lastnightsdinner April 23, 2010
This sounds great. There's a company that makes a cucumber soda that I was drinking all last summer (with gin, of course) :)
student E. April 20, 2010
ohh, how lovely. sounds very refreshing. =)
mrslarkin April 20, 2010
A glass of this and some cucumber sangwidges to nibble on...mmm...yummy.