This Zesty Cucumber Gimlet is a refreshing cocktail made with puréed cucumber and limes, gin, and blackberry-cucumber seltzer. These go down VERY easy on a hot summer day, and are a great drink to whip up for a few friends. The recipe serves 8 (or a few very thirsty friends!), but can be easily scaled up for larger crowds.JUMP TO RECIPE
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Sippin' on gin and cucumber "juice"
This Zesty Cucumber Gimlet gets its bold, green color from the process of making the cucumber "juice" in a high-powered blender.
To make the drink, you'll need:
- 4 cups roughly chopped cucumbers- Persian or English seedless- no need to peel
- A couple limes, quartered, peels and all!
- The juice of 1 lemon
- A bit of simple syrup
- Your favorite Gin
- Blackberry-cucumber flavored seltzer water (I love Múre Pepino by LaCroix)
The drink is super simple to whip up. Simply add everything but the seltzer to a blender, strain out the pulp, and add the seltzer- Fill some glasses with ice and it's time to party!
The Zesty Gin & Cucumber Gimlet - a real crowd pleaser
This recipe serves 8, but you can easy double (or triple, or quadruple- no judgement!) as long as you've got a large enough vessel to serve it from. You could divide it among a few pitchers or carafes, or (my personal favorite) use a large drink dispenser and let guests serve themselves (my go-to for my annual Ladies' Brunch).
Make-ahead suggestions for the Zesty Gin & Cucumber Gimlet
Planning a shindig and want to make this cocktail in advance? Go ahead! My suggestion would be blend the gin mixture in advance, and add the seltzer right before you are ready to serve so it maintains it's effervescence.
You could go two ways with this, really. Either garnish the individual glasses with a slice of lime and a slice of cucumber, or slice up a bunch of each, and throw them into the pitcher with the booze. Bonus: booze-soaked cucumbers! The choice is yours. Or go crazy and do both! My thought is that a drink this pretty deserves a garnish.
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Zesty Cucumber Gimlet
- fine mesh sieve or strainer
- large pitcher
- 4 cups roughly chopped Persian cucumber*
- 2 limes, quartered
- the juice of 1 lemon
- 6 oz simple syrup*
- 8 oz gin
- 36 oz (4 ½ cups) blackberry-cucumber flavored seltzer water*
- Add the roughly chopped cucumber, quartered limes, lemon juice, simple syrup and gin to a blender. Blend until smooth and liquified. 2. Carefully strain the mixture into a large pitcher through a fine mesh sieve, pressing the pulp with a silicone spatula or wooden spoon to make sure you get as much of the liquid as possible. Discard pulp. 3. Pour blackberry-cucumber seltzer into the pitcher with the liquid, and stir to combine. 4. Garnish pitcher and glasses with lime and cucumber slices, and serve over ice. Makes eight 8 oz servings poured over ice.
I used Persian cucumbers for this recipe, but English seedless cucumbers would also work well.
I make my own simple syrup for this recipe, by bringing equal parts sugar and water to a boil, and then stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Once cool, I store it in the fridge for weeks in an airtight container (I actually use a squirt bottle or ease of use). You can also purchase simple syrup at most grocery stores.
I used blackberry lime flavored seltzer for this, but you could also use cucumber seltzer.
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