Try the crisp, cool Cucumber Gimlet! This refreshing cocktail pairs the vegetable with gin or cucumber-flavored vodka.

Cucumber Gimlet

Looking for a cocktail starring everyone’s favorite cooling vegetable? Try the Cucumber Gimlet! This drink is crisp and refreshing, accentuating the vegetal cucumber with a pop of lime. Try it with gin for a standard gimlet, or go big on cucumber using cucumber vodka! Either way, it’s a unique spin on the standard Gimlet that’s even more fun, in our opinion! The subtle hint of cucumber gives a relaxing vibe, almost like spa water.

What’s in a cucumber gimlet?

The cucumber gimlet is a spin on the Gin Gimlet, a classic cocktail made with gin, lime juice and simple syrup invented in the 1930’s. The gimlet is typically made with 2 parts gin and 1 part lime juice, sometimes served with a splash of soda water. A popular spin on the gimlet is a Vodka Gimlet, which swaps in vodka for the gin.

How to make the cucumber spin? Add muddled cucumber and for double the cucumber flavor, opt for cucumber flavored vodka instead! Here’s what you’ll need for this drink:

Cucumber vodka

For the cucumber vodka

Cucumber vodka is vodka that’s infused with the flavor of cucumbers. You can easily make cucumber vodka at home: you’ll simply infuse vodka with cucumber slices for 7 days. It’s perfect for summer drinks, especially this Cucumber Gimlet! Go to Cucumber Vodka.

There are also several brands of cucumber vodka on the market: Effen Cucumber Vodka is a popular brand. Other bottles are made by the brands Ketel One, Eight Degrees, Western Son and Putnam Pearl.

Tips: how to make a cucumber gimlet

This cucumber gimlet is tangy and sweet, combining the spa-like vibes of cucumber water with the zing of citrusy lime. It’s perfect for summer, but it works in any season. Here are a few notes on how to make a cucumber gimlet (see the full recipe quantities below):

  • Muddle the cucumber to release the juices. A cocktail muddler is a helpful tool for this task. Don’t have one? You can use a wooden spoon.
  • Using cucumber vodka is a fun twist. We like it best with this flavored vodka, but it’s most classic with the botanical notes of gin, which pair well with the cucumber.
  • Shake and strain. Add the spirit, lime juice, and syrup to the cocktail shaker with the cucumber and shake with ice.
  • Add a splash of soda water if you like. Pour into a glass and add a splash of soda water if desired, which helps to open up the flavors. (We prefer it this way.) Garnish with a cucumber slice and serve!
Cucumber gimlet

More cucumber drinks

Cucumber is a fun ingredient to add cooling flavor to cocktails, but you can use it in other drinks too! Here are some of our favorite cucumber drinks:

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Cucumber gimlet

Cucumber Gimlet


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x

Description

Try the crisp, cool Cucumber Gimlet! This refreshing cocktail pairs the vegetable with gin or cucumber-flavored vodka.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 4 slices cucumber, cut 1/8″ thick, plus more for garnish
  • 2 ounces gin or cucumber vodka (homemade or purchased)
  • ½ ounce lime juice, plus a lime wedge for garnish
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • Splash of soda water, optional

Instructions

  1. Add the cucumber slices to a cocktail shaker and muddle them (gently mash) to release the juices.
  2. Add the gin or cucumber vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker. Fill it with ice and shake until cold.
  3. Strain the drink into glass. If desired, add a splash of soda water. Garnish with a lime wedge or cucumber slice and serve.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Cucumber gimlet

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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