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The 9 Greatest Cooling Cucumber Cocktails

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When summer’s blazing temperatures reach intolerable levels, not just any old cocktail will help you stay chill. Only cucumber—Mother Nature’s most cooling and hydrating fruit—can beat those intense summer rays. It may be mild in flavor, but it’s also super crisp and pairs well with a variety of spirits, making it a versatile cocktail ingredient and the key to a refreshing, relaxing summer. Here, the nine best cuke-tails you need to try this season.

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It’s not just a silly moniker—this thirst quenching elixir is a twist on the classic Tom Collins that is spiked with green Chartreuse, cranberry bitters and cucumber-flavored vodka. Before you scoff at the idea of using a flavored vodka, know that Crop Organic’s cucumber vodka is loaded with fresh flavor—and is one of the best flavored vodkas we’ve ever tried.

The Essentials

cucumber vodka
lime juice
yellow Chartreuse
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Take the standby Gin & Tonic to the next level by infusing it with fresh cucumber juice, which you can make at home or buy at a health food store. And if this crisp combination doesn’t sound enticing enough, a pineapple aloe syrup imparts tropical flavor and an even more intense soothing sensation.

The Essentials

gin
cucumber juice
pineapple syrup
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While you have fresh-pressed cucumber juice at your disposal, be sure to also use it in this green veggie cocktail. This Martini also calls for a variety of green juices like celery, lime and kale, and has a fruity backbone of apple vodka. For a touch of spicy zing, top it with ginger beer. The result amounts to a healthy(ish) cocktail that tastes way better than any boozeless green juice from the store.

The Essentials

lime juice
kale juice
Absolut Apple vodka
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Cucumber’s subtle flavor is similar to another of our favorite green fruits: the avocado. This blended, spiked smoothie combines both greens, along with a rich, mint-like shiso syrup and bright, bubbly Champagne. It might sound unusual, but this icy green cocktail is what your brunch has been lacking.

The Essentials

avocado
Champagne
shiso syrup
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While this British garden classic can be made with a wide variety of fruit, from strawberries to citrus slices, the cucumber is non-negotiable. Slices of cuke pair wonderfully with the sweet, herbaceous notes of Pimm’s liqueur, and they blend seamlessly with muddled mint and more acidic fruits.


 

The Essentials

Pimm’s No. 1
British Lemonade
fresh lemon juice
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Inspired by the cult-favorite bagel and lox breakfast, this beet shrub cocktail incorporates cucumber vodka, fresh dill and everything bagel seasoning, along with a long, spiralized twist of cucumber for garnish. The savory and tangy cocktail will complement your breakfast sandwich well, but it’s delicious enough to stand on its own any time of day.

The Essentials

Cucumber Vodka
Beet Shrub
Lemon Juice
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This cocktail incorporates cucumber in a particularly innovative way—by juicing the fruit and freezing it into concentrated cucumber ice cubes. The bright green blocks are then dropped into a stirred mixture of gin, dry vermouth and lime juice, and topped with tonic water and a flamed rosemary sprig. As the ice melts, the cucumber flavor slowly disperses throughout the drink.

The Essentials

cucumber
Gin
Tonic Water
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Highlight the subtle earthy and vegetal flavors of joven mezcal by muddling it with fresh cucumbers and serrano peppers. The Leña Ice also gets a dose of herbal yellow Chartreuse, agave nectar and lime juice to give the drink more complexity, while a spritzy topping of club soda gives effervescent life to the whole deal.
 

The Essentials

Mezcal
serrano pepper
cucumber slices
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Popsicle-garnished cocktails are a huge sensation this summer and this bright green take on the trend is a delight. White rum, pineapple juice, lime juice and Midori mix to form a Daiquiri-like base. Then a homemade cucumber and mint popsicle gets plopped in to slowly melt into the drink, keeping it nice and cold. If you’d rather just dive into a boozy popsicle, try these tequila-spiked Cucumber Margarita pops instead.

The Essentials

white rum
pineapple juice
lime juice

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