A well-stocked summer bar should include a wide array of fruits like lemons, limes, grapefruit and watermelon. But it should also include one vegetable: the cucumber. Naturally cooling with a light and pleasant sweetness, cucumber is an incredible and often overlooked ingredient for some of the best, most refreshing summer cocktails. Here, eight drinks to make with the super-cool cucumber.
1. Cucumber Cosmopolitan
This spin on a Cosmopolitan gets a triple hit of cucumber from cucumber water, a cucumber spear and Hendrick’s, a Scottish gin that’s infused with both cucumber and rose petals.
2. Pepino’s Revenge
Basil gives this cucumber and tequila cocktail a slightly savory flavor.