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Cucumber Martini Cocktail Recipe

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Cucumber Martini may sound a bit odd, but it’s really on the interesting-but-not-for-everyone side, similar to the dirty Martini. Don’t knock it till you try it !

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What is Cucumber Martini?

A cucumber Martini uses fresh cucumber slices in its recipe, and this gives it a subtle, fresh, cooling note. Not everyone is in love with the idea, and that’s okay. There are other versions of martini you can try. But if you’re curious to try out a a cucumber one, here’s the recipe. 

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Cucumber Martini Cocktail Recipe

Ioana Ciuraru
A refreshing version of the elegant Martini, with a bit of cucumber.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1


  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz blanc vermouth
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 2-3 cucumber slices


  • In a shaker combine gin, vermouth, lime juice, cucumber, ice. Shake well.
  • Strain into Martini glass.


This is not a sweet cocktail, the only sweetness comes from the blanc vermouth.
Make sure you use a good quality gin, as well as vermouth. They will stand out the most here.

When is this drink best ?

I think the cucumber Martini is a great summer cocktail, and it would work even better as an appetizer or pre-dinner drink. Despite the cucumber it’s still an elegant drink served in a beautiful glass, so I would reserve this for some special occasion or a fancier outing. 

My thoughts on Cucumber Martini

I found the cucumber Martini quite strong, with a slightly bitter taste from the (almost) neat gin. This is not sweet, which is why I perceived a bitterness. The cucumber is there but very faint, as it should be; it’s a background note, meant to lift the other flavors. 

I think the lime juice is a hit or miss. Some will love the addition, some will hate it. Personally I didn’t like it, but had it been a slightly sweet cocktail the lime would’ve worked well. 

If you like Cucumber Martini, you might also like…

Cucumber Gimlet – a gin gimlet with fresh cucumber

Cucumber Margarita – a Margarita with fresh cucumber

Dirty Martini – another unorthodox but interesting Martini

Notes, substitutes, and tips

If you want a little more flavor or sweetness in this, consider using less lime juice and adding a bit of simple syrup. Like a 0.75 oz lime juice and 0.25 simple syrup. Or, omit the lime juice and simply express some lime oil into the drink. 

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