There are few fruits as refreshing as a watermelon, just like there are few foods as refreshing as a cucumber - which, by the way, depending on your criteria, could be a fruit or a vegetable. Oftentimes, a lot of the refreshing summer drinks are relegated to vodka or rum-based cocktails.
That’s why the water cucumber cooler is a great answer for the gin lovers of the world out there. Of course, for watermelon lovers, the drink also makes plenty of sense, as the fruit is arguably less represented in the cocktail world than its other counterparts, such as orange juice, lemonade, or even grapefruit juice.
- 1 ½ ounces of gin
- 2 slices of cucumber with an optional extra slice
- 1 ½ ounces of watermelon
- ½ ounce of simple syrup
- ¾ ounce of lime juice
- Pinch of salt
- 1 ½ ounce of soda water
- You can either use a juicer to squeeze the watermelon, or use a mixing glass to muddle the watermelon with a muddling spoon.
- Place the cucumber in the mixing glass and muddle.
- Add the gin, simple syrup, lime juice, and salt.
- Shake in the cocktail shaker for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
- Strain into the cocktail glass.
- Top with soda water.
- Garnish (optional) with a cucumber slice.
- Muddling spoon (optional)
- Juicer (optional)
- Mixing glass
- Cocktail shaker
- Cocktail glass
The watermelon cucumber cooler is a very refreshing summer drink, but it should be noted that the pinch of salt can be very necessary, as otherwise, the cocktail would be much more bland. Its also a great drink to use as a punch for a large party. For those who are a fan of ginger ale, it is the obvious choice here in terms of soda water. For those who arent fans of ginger ale, Sprite can serve as a worthy replacement. This is the kind of drink to keep by the pool all summer, whether you are on vacation or simply lounging at home. Enjoy!