There's never been a drink that the food pyramid loved more than a cucumber martini. The cucumber's melon flavor blends beautifully with the botanical notes of a delicious dry gin. This rejuvenating cocktail is not only a delightful trip for your palette, but it can also help you get over your mid-day slump. After all, whoever said you couldn't order a cucumber martini for lunch?
How to Make a Crisp Cucumber Martini
What better way to start the day than by canceling out a little boozy poison with a healthy gift from your vegetable garden? If you're familiar with making gin martinis, then this one will be a breeze. Just make sure you serve your cocktail cold as the crisp and refreshing notes sing when it's chilled.
- 4 cucumber slices
- 3 ounces gin
- 1 bar spoon extra-dry vermouth
- Thin cucumber slices and dill sprig for garnish
- Chill a martini glass.
- Put the cucumber in a mixing glass and muddle it.
- Add the gin, dry vermouth, and ice.
- Stir for 30 to 60 seconds.
- Strain into the chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish with the thin cucumber slices and a dill sprig.
For the best results, peel the cucumber before you muddle it. This will make muddling easier and release more of the cucumber's unique flavors.
Experiment With Variations and Substitutions
While this cocktail is a delightful botanical wonder, there's still plenty of wiggle room for you to play.
- Swap gin for vodka. Replace the gin with equal amounts of vodka for a delicious cucumber vodka drink.
- Experiment with different types of gin. For example, use Hendricks gin for a more floral flavor or Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin for more citrus and coriander notes.
- Lean into sweet & sour flavors. Muddle cucumber in a lemon drop martini to get a sweet-tart twist.
- Break out the basil. Muddle a few basil leaves with the cucumber for a more exciting flavor profile.
- Dig out the dill. Muddle some dill with the cucumber to add depth.
4 Exciting Garnishes to Try
Half of the fun of mixing cocktails is making them photo-ready with eye-catching garnishes. There are so many ways to play around with your cucumber martini's presentation.
- Support the botanical notes of this martini with a delicate, feathery piece of dill and a few cucumber slices.
- Garnish it with a citrus peel or a dried citrus slice.
- For an elegant and summery presentation, use an edible flower garnish.
- For a classy look, add a cucumber twist or ribbon.
Enjoy the Salad Days of Summer
Cucumbers are a quintessential summer ingredient, whether served in a salad or a cocktail. When paired with aromatic gin, they evoke simple, sultry summer evenings spent on the porch with a cool drink in hand. Say no more, we're in and we hope you join us!