No. 167: The Cuke

This is the time of year where it starts heating up in the afternoons. Around 3pm on a Saturday after some time out in the yard or running errands, you want something fresh and cool to sip and savor.

I love summer cocktails that make fresh herbs the star. If you're like me, then you'll love this summer cocktail recipe round up on The Kitchn where herbs are the main focus.

The Cuke

According to The Kitchen, The Cuke was developed by Adam Frank as part of a New York Times summer drink contest. Cucumbers and mint seemed like an interesting combination for a hot day.


Makes 6 servings in one pitcher
6 limes, rinsed
1 cup packed mint leaves, no stems, plus 6 sprigs for garnish
2 unwaxed cucumbers, plus one for garnish
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups vodka or gin, preferably Hendrick's gin*
Sparkling water

*I love gin, but Mr. McC is not a huge fan. We went with vodka for this round.

To make

Thinly slice 3 limes and place in a pitcher.


Juice the rest and add juice to pitcher. Add mint leaves. Slice 2 cucumbers and add, then add sugar. Muddle ingredients. Add vodka or gin.

Final pitcher

Place in refrigerator to steep 30 minutes or longer.

When ready to serve, peel remaining cucumber and cut lengthwise into 6 spears. Fill 6 highball or other large glasses with ice. Strain mixture from pitcher into each.

Top with a splash of sparkling water, garnish each glass with a sprig of mint and a cucumber spear, and serve.

The Results

Well done, Mr. Frank. You created a fresh and fascinating cocktail that is also a bit dangerous (sip this slowly!).

The Cuke

We skipped the cucumber spear garnish and sipped these drinks to slowly wind down our Saturday.

I'll admit, I loved the first half of my cocktail. Then, I did a 180 degree turn and decided I didn't like it. I'm very fickle and do this a lot with mixed drinks, even beer. The first few sips are lovely, then I guess I get a bit tired of it all.

Note, the above never happens with wine:)

If you are in the mood to try something different, though, this is your cocktail. It's wonderfully crisp and interesting. Let me know how you liked it!

Check out a full index of recipes here
Send me your thoughts, comments and ideas at

Amelia McCormick

Kansas girl transplanted to Asheville, North Carolina. Smiler, lover of great food and wine, facilitator, runner, storyteller, wife, optimist, and mother of sweet twins:)

Asheville, North Carolina