A cucumber Collins sounds like a refreshing twist on the classic version, so let’s see if it’s really as cool as it sounds.
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What is Cucumber Collins?
A cucumber Collins is a version of Collins that uses fresh cucumber slices, muddled or shaken. The aim is to get a refreshing, cooling note in the drink, without straying too far from the original flavor. This is not an overly strong cucumber flavor; it won’t taste like a salad. It’s subtle, enough to elevate the other flavors but subtle enough to stay in the background. Here’s how to make one.
Cucumber Collins Cocktail Recipe
A Collins is refreshing to begin with, but this one is going to be your favorite summer drink.
- 2 oz gin
- 1 oz lemon juice
- 0.5 oz simple syrup
- 2-3 cucumber slices
- club soda to top
- In a shaker combine gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, cucumber, ice. Shake well.
- Strain into a Collins glass with ice.
- Top with club soda.
This is a very simple and refreshing drink. Make sure you use a good quality gin for it, since it will be noticeable.
When is this drink best ?
I think the cucumber Collins is an excellent summer cocktail, just perfect to lounge by the pool, in the shade. If you don’t have a pool just laying in your backyard tanning will make you want one of these. It’s light and bubbly and refreshing, a very casual drink that can be easily put together.
My thoughts on Cucumber Collins
I liked the cucumber Collins, as the cucumber note is subtle but very pleasing and it works well with the other flavors. Cucumber and gin are old-time pals, lemon works great with both gin and cucumber in general, and a splash of simply syrup enhances all the flavors.
On top of all this the club soda thins out the drink, with a bubbly, cooling texture that just works perfectly in this.
If you like Cucumber Collins, you might also like…
Cucumber Gin Tonic – a gin and tonic with fresh cucumber
Cucumber Gin Fizz – a gin fizz with fresh cucumber
Rum Collins – a Tom Collins with rum instead
Vodka Collins – a Tom Collins with vodka instead
Vodka Lemonade – a vodka-spiked lemonade
Vodka Press – a vodka, Sprite, and club soda cooler
Notes, substitutes, and tips
This recipe uses fresh cucumber, but if you’re not a fan of cucumber you can try a different but related veg or fruit. Something like zucchini, pumpkin, squash, honeydew, watermelon, or cantaloupe.
If you’re not a fan of muddling, you can always use a flavored syrup instead of simple syrup, and skip the fresh item.