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Cucumber Gimlet

Cucumber Gimlet
Image: / Tim Nusog

The Gimlet, essentially a gin sour, is one of the most refreshing classic cocktails: Just combine gin, lime and simple syrup, and you have yourself a perfect poolside sipper or veranda drink. How to make it even more refreshing and summery? Add cucumber, slightly twisting it into a sweetly herbaceous cocktail that’s reminiscent of an afternoon at the spa. You’ll want to use a lighter and more floral gin for this drink to emphasize the notes the cucumber adds. 

The cocktail lends itself to riffs and additions, like the Cucumber, Basil & Lime Gimlet, which replaces the gin with vodka and adds basil and a splash of lemonade to the classic recipe. Feel free to experiment and add your own favorite summer flavors. You might just come up with your own signature cocktail!


  • 3 cucumber wheels, thickly sliced
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces gin (such as Hendrick’s)
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • Garnish: cucumber wheel, sliced thinly


  1. Add the cucumber wheels and simple syrup into a shaker and muddle.

  2. Add the gin, the lime juice and ice and shake until well-chilled.

  3. Strain into a coupe glass.

  4. Garnish with a cucumber wheel.