Cool as a Cucumber: Refreshing Cuke Cocktails for Spring & Summer

Facts: Cucumbers are a fruit, and everything they touch turns to recipe gold. The refreshing green gourd is in peak season during warm weather months, mainly May-August, but they can be enjoyed year-round.

As good as cucumbers are in a summer side salad, or tossed with some vinegar and dill for a light snack, they are even better when mixed with fresh ingredients and liquor in a cocktail. Adding cucumbers give every recipe a light, fresh boost, and the same goes for cocktails.

Consuming cucumbers is best when they are in season (late spring and all summer). But thanks to cucumber vodka, you can enjoy the fruit whenever you want. I've been loving Skinnygirl's Cucumber Vodka as a spring spirit, especially when mixed with fresh fruit and club soda or sparkling water. 

Cucumber and watermelon is a yummy combo, as evidenced by the success of Bath & Body Works' Cucumber-Melon lotion. Except this Skinny Cucumber-Watermelon Cockail edible, and it tastes better than any lotion smells. Puree fresh watermelon juice and mix with cucumber vodka, fresh cucumber slices and sparkling water. 

For a refreshing adult lemonade recipe (with low sugar!), mix up in this Skinny Sparkling Cucumber Lemonade. It's made with homemade low-calorie sparkling lemonade, and mixed with cucumber vodka. If only you could find this crisp concoction at a neighborhood lemonade stand. 

Ginger has a strong, spicy flavor, which is why it complements light cucumber so well. Try out the yin-and-yang for yourself with this Cucumber Ginger Spritzer, made with plain vodka, freshly grated ginger and cucumber. 

To add a kick to your traditional gin and tonic, add some rosemary and cucumber and enjoy our delicious Cucumber Gin & Tonic recipe. It's the perfect amount of fruity and floral for a fun spring drink.

Grapefruit is super tart, which is why it mixes perfectly with cool cucumber and bold basil. Throw all three flavors together in this Grapefruit Cucumber Basil cocktail. 

So, will you try a delicious cucumber cocktail this summer? Let us know in the comments below, and share your photo on social media with the hashtag #MakeToday so we can see! 

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