This cucumber gimlet recipe was one of our favorite cocktails that we have made in a long time.
This cucumber cocktail only has a few ingredients and is easy to make.
Now, we made our own homemade cucumber infused gin for this recipe but you can also buy cucumber gin at most liquor stores these days.
While you can easily enjoy this cocktail year around, it does feel quite nice for a hot summer day.
Limes are available year round but lime season when they are at their peak in the southern U.S. is from May to October.
The limes that we bought to use in this recipe were so fresh and tasty.
When we bought them, I was honestly a bit concerned because they weren’t quite as beautiful as I wanted for the photography but goodness they were delicious.
It turns out that when picking a lime it isn’t always best to go for the brightest green lime that you can find.
A bright green lime will be more tart than a yellowed lime. You can learn how to pick out limes here.
Our limes were a bit on the sweeter side and it really enhanced the cocktail flavor.
Should you shake or stir the gimlet?
While there are often debates on this topic, the answer is that it depends.
If you are using fresh squeezed lime juice in your gimlet you should shake it.
If you are using something like sweetened lime juice, you can just stir it.
The thinking around this is that it’s a bit more challenging to thoroughly combine the gin and fresh lime juice.
Fresh lime juice has bits of pulp in it unless you strain it, and this is why we recommend shaking your cucumber Gimlet.
For our recipe, I highly recommend that you shake the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker.
Cucumber Gimlet Cocktail Ingredients
Cucumber infused gin
We made our own homemade, easy cucumber infused gin for this recipe. It is simple to make and tastes so fresh.
Whether you make your own or buy it at the store already infused, I will say that the quality of the gin really does matter with this recipe.
Considering that the gin is the star of the show, consider upping your quality game when you are at the store.
You can use whatever lime juice that you have on hand for this recipe.
We are big fans of lime juice from a big bottle at Aldi and we keep it on hand at all times.
Let’s be honest, juicing citrus is time consuming and messy but sometimes it is worth it.
We combined the best of both worlds in our recipe and used some lime juice from the bottle and fresh lime juice as a garnish.
That fresh lime really did add a fresh zippy flavor!
Simple syrup is really easy to make at home but there are a few downsides.
The downside of making simple syrup at home is that you need a container to store it in and it doesn’t last as long because it doesn’t have any preservatives.
The upside of making it at home is that you can have some ready to go in just a few minutes.
We made ours at home for this cucumber gimlet recipe. Get our simple syrup recipe and give it a try.
How to make this Cucumber Gimlet
Step 1: Combine all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker.
If you don’t have a cocktail shaker you can use a jar with a lid, such as a mason jar.
The key is to make sure that the lid is on tight and that the container is sealed.
Trust me, you don’t want to shake the ingredients all over your kitchen.
Yes, tough lessons were learned in this house.
Step 2: Place the lid on the cocktail shaker and shake to combine.
Step 3: Strain ingredients into a coupe glass.
Supplies to gather
- Cocktail Shaker
- Cocktail Measuring Glass
- Cocktail Strainer
- Coupe Glasses
- Short/Paring Knife
- Cutting Board
- Medium bowl
- Cocktail Picks
The bottom line
This is one of my favorite cocktails and an excellent reason to make cucumber gin.
Consider serving this at your next party as a refreshing welcome drink.
- 4 oz Cucumber Infused Gin
- 1 ½ oz Lime juice
- 1 ½ oz Simple syrup
- 1 Cucumber
- 1 Lime
- 2 Blueberries
- Wash and dry the cucumber, lime, and blueberries. Set aside.
- Prepare a medium bowl of ice water. Set aside.
- Fill the cocktail shaker halfway with ice.
- Moving quickly, measure out your liquors with the cocktail measuring glass and jigger.
- Add the gin, lime juice, and simple syrup into the cocktail shaker.
- Place a lid on the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds.
- Strain the mixture from the shaker with your cocktail strainer into the coupe glasses evenly.
- With your short knife, cut the cucumbers into thick wheel slices.
- Peel the skin of the limes into thin slices and twist.
- Place lime twists in the medium bowl with ice water (this helps keep their shape).
- Take one cocktail pick and gently slide the pick through the side of one cucumber “wheel”, then the blueberry, and add the lime twist last so it’s curled around the cocktail pick. (See photos.) Repeat for the other drink.
- Add the garnishes on top of your gimlets and enjoy responsibly.
Best served cold.
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