From watermelon to tomatoes, summer squash, and cucumbers, there’s nothing better during the summertime than the bounty of fresh, seasonal produce — until you incorporate your farmers’ market haul into cocktail hour. Whether you’re a fan of classic gin and vodka cocktails, or refreshing spritzes, we’ve rounded up a few creative cucumber cocktails to enjoy as you soak up the final days of summer. There’s also a mocktail option for those who prefer no alcohol. Cheers!

3 Refreshing Cucumber Cocktail Recipes – And One Mocktail!

Gin Cucumber Cooler Cocktail

Jay and Leah Hall, the husband and wife duo behind The Gastronom, refer to this gin cucumber cooler as “adult spa water.” The cocktail is perfect for summer, combining cucumber, mint, lime juice, gin, and tonic water. Jay and Leah also add Suze, a vegetal liqueur that adds a citrusy twist to the drink. While you can certainly eat the cucumber slices out of your drink right away, Jay and Leah recommend letting them soak, as they may begin to pickle as you sip your drink.

Gin Cucumber Cooler Cocktail from The Gastronom

This gin cucumber cooler makes an irresistible warm-weather cocktail. Image: The Gastronom

Gin Cucumber Cooler Cocktail

Jay and Leah Hall
Enjoy this light, crispy cucumber cooler on a warm summer day.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Cocktail
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving

Equipment

  • Shaker

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 6 mint leaves
  • 4-6 cucumber slices
  • ¼ of a lime wedge or slices
  • oz gin
  • 4 oz tonic water

Instructions
 

  • Muddle lime, mint, sugar, and cucumbers in the bottom of a shaker until cucumbers and lime are broken up.
  • Add ice and gin. Shake.
  • Double strain into a glass with ice. Top with tonic. Stir.
  • Cheers!
Keyword Cucumber Cocktail
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Watermelon Cucumber Cocktail

This recipe from Melissa Riker of The Happier Homemaker is the epitome of summer, combining cucumber and watermelon into a delicious cocktail. If you’re planning to host an end-of-summer gathering, this is the perfect crowd-pleasing drink. While it is a bit more complicated than the other drinks on this list, we promise it’s worth the extra effort. The result is a refreshing summer cocktail with a zip of mint.

Watermelon Cucumber Cocktail from The Happier Homemaker

Whip up a large pitcher of this watermelon cucumber cocktail for your next backyard gathering. Image: The Happier Homemaker

Watermelon Cucumber Cocktail

Melissa Riker
Combining watermelon and cucumber, this cocktail is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Course Cocktail
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving

Equipment

  • Food processor

Ingredients
  

  • 2 oz watermelon puree strained
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 oz cucumber puree
  • 2 oz soda water
  • Watermelon slices and mint for garnish

Instructions
 

To prepare watermelon puree:

  • Cut half a medium watermelon into 1-inch chunks.
  • Combine watermelon with about 12 fresh mint leaves in a food processor. 
  • Pulse until smooth and strain through a fine sieve or cheesecloth.

To prepare cucumber puree:

  • Peel and slice an English cucumber and pulse in a food processor until smooth.
  • Strain through a fine sieve or cheesecloth.

To prepare cocktail:

  • Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled glass and stir.
  • Garnish with watermelon slice and mint, if desired.
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Elderflower Cucumber Spritz

What’s summer without a spritz or two? This elderflower cucumber option from Sarah Gualtieri of The Boozy Ginger is perfect for unwinding after a long day. The recipe calls for Bordeaux Blanc or Sauvignon Blanc, cucumber juice, elderflower syrup, and club soda, making it a great addition to your happy hour lineup. Sarah notes that if you can’t easily find elderflower syrup, you can substitute it with St-Germain.

Elderflower Cucumber Spritz, a cucumber cocktail, from The Boozy Ginger

This elderflower cucumber spritz puts an elevated twist on the classic wine spritzer. Image: The Boozy Ginger

Elderflower Cucumber Spritz

Sarah Gualtieri
Add this elderflower cucumber spritz to your happy hour lineup this summer.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Cocktail
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving

Ingredients
  

  • ½ oz cucumber juice
  • ½ oz elderflower syrup
  • 4 oz Bordeaux Blanc or Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1 oz club soda

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients to a glass with ice and stir.
  • Garnish with a cucumber rose.
Keyword Cucumber Cocktail
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Strawberry Cucumber Cooler Mocktail

If you’re looking for a delicious and refreshing mocktail option, try this strawberry cucumber cooler from Nat Battaglia of The Mindful Mocktail. The drink combines cucumber and strawberries, making it an ideal recipe for warmer months. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to make, only requiring you to muddle the ingredients and add sparkling water. While Nat uses a muddler to create her drink, she notes that you can also use the back of a wooden spoon or something similar to combine the ingredients.

Strawberry Cucumber Cooler Mocktail from The Mindful Mocktail

If you’re not partaking in alcohol, whip up this strawberry cucumber cooler for a great booze-free option. Image: The Mindful Mocktail

Strawberry Cucumber Cooler Mocktail

Nat Battaglia
This strawberry cucumber cooler is equal parts delicious and refreshing.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving

Ingredients
  

  • 3 strawberries diced
  • 1-inch cucumber grated
  • 1 tsp sweetener optional
  • Juice from half a lime
  • 1 cup sparkling water

Instructions
 

  • Muddle strawberries, cucumber, sweetener, and lime in a tall glass. If you don’t have a muddler, use the back of a wooden spoon or something similar.
  • Add ice, then sparkling water, and stir.
  • Garnish and serve.
Keyword Cucumber Mocktail
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