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The Cucumber Cooler Recipe You Need This Summer

As the summer heat intensifies and gardens overflow with fresh cucumbers, there's no better time to indulge in a revitalizing treat: the Cucumber Cooler. Imagine sipping on a concoction that perfectly balances the crispness of cucumber, the zest of lemon juice, and the invigorating aroma of mint leaves—all topped off with a refreshing fizz. Whether you're lounging by the pool, hosting a backyard barbecue, or simply seeking a reprieve from the sweltering sun, this drink is a must-have companion. And the best part? It's versatile enough to cater to both the adults looking for a spirited kick and the little ones craving a thirst-quenching delight.

Cucumber Cooler Recipe

Recipe from Southern Living


  • 1 1/2 lb. cucumbers, cut into 1-in. pieces (about 3 large [8 oz.] cucumbers)

  • 1/2 cup tap water

  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice (from 1 large lemon)

  • 2 Tbsp. simple syrup

  • 3 Tbsp. (1 1/2 oz.) gin, tequila, or vodka (optional) 

  • Ice

  • Sparkling water

  • Fresh mint or fresh basil


  1. Process cucumbers and water in a blender until very smooth, about 2 minutes. Pour through a fine mesh strainer into a medium bowl or 3-cup container; discard solids.

  2. Stir together 1/2 cup of the cucumber juice, lemon juice, simple syrup, and gin, as desired, in a Collins glass. Add ice, and top with sparkling water. Garnish with fresh mint. (Reserve remaining cucumber juice for another use or store in an airtight container in freezer up to 6 months. Thaw completely before using.)


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