Lemon Cucumber Cocktail

A glass of lemon cucumber cocktail with a sprig of mint, a lemon wheel, and a slice of cucumber.

When I throw a party, I like to greet my guests with a fabulous drink like this—it makes them feel welcome. My friends love this cocktail because it’s fresh and light, which means it’s perfect for a party on the beach or a gathering in the garden.–Lee Brian Schrager

LC Not So Fuzzy Math Note

We’re word people, not numbers people. But even we found it easy peasy to mess around with the math of this recipe, which typically makes a pitcher full of libations, for when the occasion demands but a single, solitary cocktail. We also found it easy peasy to mess around with how heavy-handed to get with the cucumber and the gin. It’s a genteel, gentle-flavored sipper that’s starts out innocuously enough but with every sip becomes a little less innocent and a lot more potent, in terms of both flavor and force.

Lemon Cucumber Cocktail

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  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • Serves 12
5/5 - 3 reviews
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In a large pitcher, combine the club soda, gin, and lemon juice.

Place a slice of lemon and cucumber in each of 12 glasses. Add about a cup of crushed ice to each glass. Pour the gin mixture into the glasses and garnish each with a mint sprig, if desired.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

This cocktail is light, refreshing, and easy to prepare for a crowd. The essence of this drink rests on your choice of gin, so use your favorite. Whether your favorite is floral or herbal, it will shine against the simplicity of the lemon and cucumber. The locally distilled brand I used matched beautifully with the cucumber. Wonderful!

Even if you aren’t a big fan of gin recipes (I am not), the lemon juice offsets the gin nicely and makes for a nice drink. I usually taste the recipe after each stage, if possible, and the cucumber and lemon slice make a difference to the end result. The mint is also a necessary ingredient. If I did anything different, I would not use crushed ice. The ice melted quickly (I live in Hawaii) and the end of the drink was a bit watered down. The other option is to drink it quickly so the ice doesn’t have a chance to melt! :-)


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  1. SO GOOD! Very light and refreshing. I tripled the recipe to bring to a party, and I did also add 1 can of sprite to the whole thing. Is a little bitter and the little bit of sprite made it the perfect amount of just a little sweet. Will definitely be making again.

  2. Not only is this cocktail fresh and light, it’s also very well balanced. Next time, I may crush the mint sprig to allow some of the oils to release into the cocktail.

  3. You are on the right track, but you are a tad shy of a Pimm’s Cup. Add Pimm’s #1–you can delete the gin for a lighter beverage. And that much lemon juice needs a bit of sugar for balance.

  4. The first sip had me concerned that this was a bad choice–not much flavor–but my husband was slurping it quite happily. Strange to say, but by the time the CUCUMBER essence had infused the beverage–after 10-15 minutes–I found it quite agreeable. In the end, I could easily recommend this refreshing, unusual cocktail. The next time I make it, I will consider Lisa O’s suggestions: a swirl of agave nectar and dash of orange bitters.

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