Cucumber water is perhaps one of the most refreshing drinks out there and is incredibly simple to make. It also is the base for this perfect spring cocktail. Cucumbers are currently in season and with the unseasonably warm spring we’ve been having, they’re the perfect veggie to throw in salads, stir-frys and now, cocktails.
Eating one serving of cucumbers will give you vitamin A, C, and K along with plenty of calcium, iron, zinc and potassium. Because cucumbers are so high in water content, they help rid your body of toxins and reduce under-eye swelling and skin inflammation. Cucumbers are also proven to help soothe sunburn relief, which is a great thing to keep in mind before the sweltering summer comes around.
The first step in making this cocktail is preparing the cucumber water. There are two basic ways to do this, one giving you a much more heavier dose of cucumber. For a stronger cucumber flavor, blend a cucumber in a food processor or blender and pour the mixture through a very fine strainer (or line a sieve with a cheesecloth) and let the mixture drip through in the fridge overnight. Then, mix the resulting cucumber juice with a pitcher of water and voila! – cucumber water.
A more traditional route just calls to cut a cucumber into small chunks, cover in the amount of water you want to drink and let the mixture soak in the fridge overnight. In the morning, strain the mixture and discard the cucumber slices. To make things even more simple, just add cucumber slices to any water filter to spice up that plain, tap water you’ve been drinking. Finally, feel free to add some lemon slices or chopped mint to the cucumber water for an added burst of flavor and punch!
Photo: Quinn Dombrowski
Cool Cucumber Cocktail Recipe
|Prep Time:||5 mins|
|Cook Time:||10 mins|
|Total Time:||15 mins|
- 3/4 oz St. Germain elderflower liqueur
- 1 1/2 oz. Hendrick's gin
- 3/4 oz cucumber water
- 1/4 oz simple syrup (recipe to follow)
- Tonic water
- Cucumber slices
- Fresh mint leaves
- Heavy squeeze of lime juice
- 2 parts sugar
- 1 part water
1. In a cocktail shaker, combine St. Germain, gin, cucumber water, simple syrup, cucumber slices and a nice amount of mint leaves. Using a wooden spoon, crush all ingredients together. Add crushed ice, cover and shake vigorously in a cocktail shaker.
2. Pour the mixture into a cocktail glass, old fashioned glass or my personal favorite, a mason jar. Top the cocktail off with a splash of tonic water, garnish with a cucumber slice and you're all set!
1. Bring the water to a boil. Dissolve the sugar into the water, stirring constantly
2. Once the sugar is completely dissolved, take the pan off the heat (do not let the sugar boil for too long because it will become too thick).
3. Allow to cool completely before use.