Cucumber cooler recipe

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It is refreshing and potent. Cucumber and fresh mint add a cooling touch. Muddling (or bruising, but not crushing) the cucumber helps release the juice and essential oils. A muddler is a handy tool to tackle this task, but you can use a pestle or even an ordinary spoon in a pinch. Try to estimate how many drinks you will be serving, and have containers of cucumber, lime juice, and mint ready to go. You can use a cocktail shaker if you prefer to make a batch.

  • Yield: 1 Serving


  • 2 tablespoons thin European cucumber strips (about 3 inches long)
  • Ice cubes
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce St-Germain (elderflower liqueur)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 fresh mint leaves, torn
  • Sparkling apple cider, sparkling wine, or sparkling water to top off the drink
How to Make It
  1. Put the cucumber in a cocktail glass and muddle it by pressing firmly.
  2. Add ice cubes to the glass and then pour in the vodka, liqueur, and lime juice. Add the mint leaves and stir to combine.
  3. Top off the drink with the sparkling cider and serve.

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