This cucumber lemonade is zingy and refreshing: perfect for summer! This green veggie adds the cooling vibe of spa water.

Cucumber Lemonade

Cucumber is great in salads and sauces…but an even better use for this green veggie, in our opinion? In drinks! Here’s one that’s absolutely perfect for summer: Cucumber Lemonade! The vegetable adds a cooling, vegetal finish to any drink that’s reminiscent of spa water. Combine that with the zing of the lemon, and it’s the ideal drink for sipping on the patio for a summer barbecue. It’s easy to make: here’s how it’s done!

Ingredients for cucumber lemonade

Cucumber lemonade is simple to whip up using a blender for bringing out the flavor of this green vegetable. Blend the cucumber with sugar, then mix it with lemon juice to form lemonade. You can use any type of cucumber you have: a standard cucumber or English cucumber. English cucumber is typically our preference for salads because of its thin skin and lack of seeds. But you can use a standard cucumber here if you peel and remove the seeds: so either works! You’ll need:

  • Cucumber
  • Lemons
  • Sugar
Cucumber Lemonade

How to make cucumber lemonade (basic steps)

Making homemade lemonade is easier than you think! the only time consuming part is juicing the lemons. Here are a few notes on the process, or jump to the recipe below for quantities:

  • Juice the lemons. Using a press juicer is the quickest way to juice lemons: it gets out the most juice and saves your fingers from tiring out from squeezing. The next best choice? A handheld citrus juicer.
  • Blend the cucumber, sugar and water. Give it a whiz in the blender.
  • Strain it with a fine mesh strainer! This removes any sediment that might float on the top of the surface of the lemonade.
  • Mix the pitcher. Mix the cucumber syrup with lemon juice and water in a pitcher. That’s it!

For the garnish

Serving this cucumber lemonade for a party or entertaining guests? It’s nice to add a few garnishes to the glass to make it look festive. Here’s what we like to do:

  • Cucumber slices: Add a few cucumber slices to the glass or pitcher; you’ll need to buy an extra cucumber for this.
  • Lemon wedges: Lemon wedges or wheels also look lovely in a glass or pitcher!
  • Colored straws: It’s all about the presentation! We like adding these striped paper straws to glasses.
Cucumber Lemonade

Variations on cucumber lemonade

Want to add a spin on this cucumber lemonade? Here are a few ways to step it up:

More lemonade flavors? Try Ginger Lemonade, Mint Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, Raspberry Lemonade or Watermelon Lemonade.

More cucumber drinks

There are many of ways to add this green vegetable to drinks, from cocktails to water! Here are a few ideas you’ll love:

This cucumber lemonade recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Cucumber Lemonade

Cucumber Lemonade

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


This cucumber lemonade is zingy and refreshing: perfect for summer! This green veggie adds the cooling vibe of spa water.


  • 1 ½ cups fresh squeezed lemon juice (7 to 8 large lemons, plus more for garnish)*
  • 1 cup peeled and seeded cucumber (1 large cucumber, plus more for garnish)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • 6 cups water, divided
  • Ice


  1. Juice the lemons. Peel the cucumber and remove the seeds with a spoon (if using an English cucumber, you can skip this step).
  2. Add the cucumber, sugar and 2 cups warm water to a blender and blend until smooth. Strain the liquid through fine mesh sieve into a pitcher, using a spatula to push the liquid through (discard the pulp; this takes a few minutes to complete).
  3. To the pitcher with the cucumber mixture, add 4 cups cold water and the fresh squeezed lemon juice. Add a few handfuls ice and serve. If desired, garnish with extra cucumber slices and lemon wedges. 
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Lemonade
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Cucumber lemonade

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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    1. Oops, just read the earlier comments from the website and I see you recommend a couple spirits that can be added.

      1. Yes! We recommend gin or vodka (quantities listed), but honestly it would be great with anything. Tequila or bourbon would work too!

  1. I like the cucumber to cut the sweetness, and spiked too, since both cucumber and lemonade go very well with vodka, thank you!

  2. Tip cut tip of cucumber and then swirl it in a circle motion and then white stuff will come out and that is the bitterness of the cucumber