Cool-as-a-Cucumber Cocktail

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dotw logoIt’s hot right now here in the Bay Area, so I created this cool and refreshing spring cocktail to beat the heat.

Cucumber, cilantro and lime combine to give this drink a mild flavor that makes it great for barbecues, pool parties … or just chilling out.

I have been seeing more bars offer cucumber cocktails, and I say it’s about time! You may even want to muddle some cucumbers into the drink. This would go well with spicy foods. I may make a kicked-up version of this cocktail using chiles!


  • 1.5–2 oz white rum (depending on how strong you want it)
  • 1 oz cucumber-cilantro syrup*
  • Frozen cucumber and lime slices
  • Crushed ice
  • Club soda


Fill an old-fashioned glass one-quarter full of crushed ice. Then add the cucumber-cilantro syrup and rum. Top off with club soda. Put in frozen cucumber and lime slices. Garnish with lime slice and sprig of cilantro.

*Cucmber-cilantro syrup
½ cup fresh cilantro
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
juice of 1 lime
¼ of a medium cucumber, chopped

Boil the water, adding sugar and ½ the cilantro. Let cool, then put in blender or food processor with the lime juice, cucumber and rest of cilantro. Refrigerate until ready for use.

* I know cilantro is a love-it or hate-it kind of herb, and I happen to fall into the “love-it” camp. If you hate it, you can try this same recipe with another herb. I would suggest mint, basil or rosemary. Let me know how it turns out, if you try that!


  1. by What's for dinner? - Page 101 - Message Board, August 15th, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    […] and I didn't really want anything to do with another one. VERY disappointing. Here's the recipe: Cool As A Cucumber Cocktail | Drink of the Week It just had WAY too much cilantro, and not enough cucumber flavor. And this is coming from […]

  2. by Mxjane, September 27th, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    This is excellent. I did add two lemon cucumbers, peeled & de-seeded–so a bit more cuc. Then I just filled a small (6 oz) glass 1/2 with ice, one jigger of the cucumber-cilantro syrup and one jigger of vodka b/c I was out of rum. YUM. Might even be better with Rum.

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