If you like a gimlet, you’ll love a refreshing version of it. Enter the cucumber gimlet – just the right drink to enjoy in a warm summer evening.
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What is Cucumber Gimlet?
The cucumber gimlet is a flavored version of the classic gin gimlet, and it’s definitely something you’ll enjoy. The addition of fresh cucumber might sound strange at first, but really it’s subtle and it’s surprisingly good. Of course, for some it may remind them of a salad, while for some it may be just what they needed to get into a fun, relaxed mood. Here’s how to make your very own cucumber gimlet.
Cucumber Gimlet Cocktail Recipe
- 2 oz gin
- 0.75 oz lime juice
- 0.5 oz simple syrup
- 2-3 cucumber slices
- In a shaker add gin, lime juice, syrup, cucumber, and a few ice cubes. Shake well.
- Strain into chilled coupe glass.
When is this drink best ?
I think the cucumber gimlet works best as a summer cocktail, since the subtle cucumber note is wildly refreshing and actually kind of cooling. It seems to work very well on a hot summer day, by the pool but in the shade. The cucumber in it makes the gimlet that much more special, and actually a bit elegant.
My thoughts on Cucumber Gimlet
I liked the cucumber gimlet, quite a lot ! Cucumber and gin are actually a nice mix, something that is both refreshing and well flavored. It’s the botanicals in gin that pair so well with cucumber, and there is even cucumber-flavored gin you can buy. So this combination is quite good, and in this particular cocktail the lime juice also works well with the refreshing, cooling effect of cucumber.
There is a mild sweetness in this from the simple syrup, but it’s only there to accentuate the flavors; this is not classed as a sweet cocktail.
I used fresh cucumber in this, to get a fresh note. If you’re not comfortable with fresh cucumber, you can try using the flavored gin and simply skip the cucumber slices in the recipe.
If you like Cucumber Gimlet, you might also like…
Classic Gimlet – a simple but elegant gin sour
Cucumber Gin Tonic – you could say this is an improvement on the cucumber gimlet
Cucumber Martini – a gin and vermouth Martini, with fresh cucumber
Archangel – a refreshing mix of gin, orange aperitif, and cucumber
Cucumber Margarita – a Margarita with fresh cucumber
Notes, substitutes, and tips
While cucumber is the star of the show here, I understand it’s not for everyone. You could try fresh zucchini or pumpkin is you want a similar flavor but don’t like cucumbers.
Another interesting flavor would be any sort of melon, such as honeydew, watermelon, or cantaloupe.