Cucumber Cocktails

watermelon cucumber cooler and cucumber caipiranha
I fear I’ll run out of summer Fridays before I run out of refreshing summer cocktail ideas, so I’m posting two today. So many cocktails to try, so little down time. Hiccup.

Today’s drinks are for my friend Jes, who has a surplus of cucumbers. She’ll need one (or both) of these after a long day of teaching kids at her new job.

sliced cucumber and lime
strained strawberry and cucumber puree

watermelon cucumber cooler and cucumber caipiranha

Cucumber Caipiranha
Adapted from Market-Fresh Mixology: Cocktails for Every Season


  • 3 slices cucumber, each 1/2 inch thick
  • 1/2 of a lime, cut into two wedges
  • 1 teaspoon raw (turbinado) sugar
  • 1.5 ounces white rum
  • club soda
  • cucumber slices and lime rounds, for garnish


  1. In a short glass, thoroughly muddle lime wedges, cucumber slices and sugar.
  2. Fill glass with ice and pour in rum. Top with club soda.
  3. Mix by pouring into another glass and then back into your drinking glass.

Makes one drink.

Note for Jes, who loves mojitos: You could totally muddle mint with the cucumber and lime to make this a cucumber mojito.

watermelon cucumber cocktail

Watermelon Cucumber Cooler

Adapted from Martha


  • 2.5 cups watermelon, seeds removed, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 large English cucumber, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar
  • 3 ounces vodka
  • cucumber, lime and/or sliced watermelon, for garnish


  1. Place a fine mesh sieve over a large bowl or pitcher.
  2. In a blender, puree the watermelon and cucumber chunks.
  3. Pour mixture through the sieve into the bowl. Use the back of a big spoon or rubber spatula to squeeze all the juice into the bowl.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together lime juice and honey.
  5. Pour the lime juice and honey mixture into the watermelon and cucumber juice, along with vodka. Adjust sweetness with more honey if desired.
  6. To serve, fill two glasses with ice and top each with cocktail. Garnish with cucumber and lime slices.

Serves two.

This is the fourth installment of my summer cocktail series! Don’t miss the others: beautiful red bell, strawberry smash, and rainier cherry mojito.


  1. Maria @ A Platter of says

    This is the perfect drink for the hot Southern Summer we are having. They seem so refreshing. And so pretty the colors.

  2. says

    I’ve never thought of using cucumber in an alcoholic beverage before, but this sounds intriguing. I’m going to give it a try! Your photos are fantastic by the way. What camera do you use?

  3. says

    I love a refreshing cucumber cocktail in the summer. I blend the cucumber and then strain it to concentrate the juice before I mix with lime juice & booze! Add some jalapeno to the blender for some extra spice in your cocktail-first you get cooling cucumber & then a kick at the end from the jalapeno. Drink it Up!

    The Dinner Belle for

    • says

      Yum! I never thought to try adding jalapeno. I actually have some jalapeno-infused vodka in my fridge. I’ll have to try it with cucumber like you suggested!

  4. says

    I loved drinking caipirinhas when I visited the Brazilian border a few months ago. Now that I’m back home in Argentina, and it’s just turning spring here I can’t wait to try your cucumber version. What an elegant touch!

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