Boozy Cucumber Coolers

my new favorite

I wanted to tell you more about the Joy Retreat but I'm kinda BUZZED right now. One more sip of this Boozy Cucumber Cooler and I'm gonna turn into a sappy drunk on you. Must temper that!  Anyways...I've been SOO excited for Heidi Swanson's Super Natural Every Day Cookbook to come out; it's been sitting in my Amazon pre-order cart for MONTHS. When I came home from my trip, GUESS WHAT WAS WAITING AT MY DOORSTEP??!! As if my creative spirit wasn't already triggered!

cucumber chop

I had a brief moment to look through the cookbook last night and CUCUMBER COOLERS went straight on my TO-DO list for today. It was right next to pay doctor bill over the phone & reschedule hair appointment. Of course I had to be naughty and add gin to the original recipe. It was a rough day at work...what can I say?? I also didn't have honey so I added agave syrup. Wait. I did have honey but it was all chunky & crystallized and I didn't feel like melting it. I dove for the agave out of ease (gin is my truth serum).  I'm kind of obsessed with this drink...and the cookbook (I have soo many recipes marked to try!) This cocktail is like a spa drink gone WILD. Cucumber is balanced with a dash of salt & a spike of lime... rounded out with my good buddy, GIN. I could get in trouble with these. Serious trouble. I'd better stay away from Twitter tonight!
And we're off!

Gather your ingredients!


Cut up the cucumbers and put them in a blender.

into the blender

Add in the ice, water, agave, salt & lime juice.

ice, water, agave & lime



Look at that froth!


And here's where the fun BEGINS!

it's gin o'clock!

Pour gin into icey drinks!


One for me and one for you.

one for for you!

Let's get toasted.

Boozy Cucumber Coolers

(adapted from the Super Natural Every Day Cookbook)

Makes 2-3 hefty cocktails

  • 1 cucumber (about 10 oz.), partially peeled
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 3 cups ice cubes
  • 1/3 cup agave syrup
  • juice of 1/2 lime (or more to taste!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 oz. gin (more if you want!)

Put the cucumber, water, ice, agave syrup, lime juice & salt into a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into two cups and add the gin! More gin if you need it, less if you have to be "responsible." Also! Check the drink for tang! You might need an extra squeeze of lime.

***Shutterbean Notes***

-Original recipe calls for honey, not agave

-If you don't wanna get your drink on, omit the gin! I bet vodka would be great though...

-I used an English cucumber for this drink

-It's a good idea to serve these with a straw, so you can stir it up throughout the drinking process. It tends to separate.

-Since my gin was at room temp, I added a few ice cubes to my cup! I like my drinks COLD.

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  • April 6, 2011

    mmmm.... i wanna get BOOZY with you.

    • April 6, 2011

      the world isn't ready for that yet!!

  • April 6, 2011

    Man I'm totally going to make this! It was so sunny and warm and post thunderstorm clear today that I started craving a drink with cucumber ( because cucumbers taste like spring to me) but I didn't have a recipe or really any idea where to look. But here you are all cucumbery!Or is cukey? Er... no. Definately not "cukey"

  • April 6, 2011

    mmm.... sounds tasty, I have some cucumber and basil infused vodka I made a while back that just might have to be paired with this recipe in the next few day!

  • April 7, 2011

    That sounds like the bestest for a summer day! And how could you NOT put gin in it?

  • April 7, 2011

    this sounds amazing! I can't wait to get Heidi's book and start cooking from it - this looks like the perfect Summer drink.

  • April 7, 2011

    Love this! I've only just discovered the delights of a slice of cucumber in my water, so I can't wait to try this one!

  • Sasha
    April 7, 2011

    omg, i love you! all i could think about when reading this post was, "hell yes, you just found the JOY reunion official drink!" miss you

  • April 7, 2011

    If you love gin and cucumbers, you should try Hendricks gin. That would take this cocktail to '11'! Can't wait to dig into Heidi's new book - everything ive seen so far looks incredible!

    • April 7, 2011

      I love Hendricks! But my wallet wanted a costco sized bottle of gin!! NEXT TIME!

    • April 7, 2011

      I was just thinking the natural cucumber and rose flower flavors of Hendricks would have been the perfect gin for this.

    • Danny
      April 10, 2011

      This NEEDS Hendricks! It would make the cucumber really stand out!

  • April 7, 2011

    You are a drinks MASTER. This sounds so delicious. Maybe bring some to the market on Sunday? ;)

  • April 7, 2011

    love that you have the "large" bottle o' gin :) This looks absolutely fantastic!

  • April 7, 2011

    you drank both.

    • April 7, 2011

      is that why i sounded differenct last night?

  • April 8, 2011

    these look perfect for summer, and if you like cucumber you should try my canteloupe smoothie. p.s. it has cucumber vodka in it:) next will add actual cukes as well.

  • April 11, 2011

    Mmm, these sound so refreshing! Love the mason jars and straws!

  • Wilma
    June 25, 2011

    Delicious! I just made this while also making your flat roasted chicken. Both are outstanding! This drink goes down a bit too easily, and yes I will be having the 2nd glass later. :) Definitely a keeper!

  • Elizabeth
    July 1, 2011

    I am sipping this cooler as I type. Delicious! I'm living in Korea so I'm using soju instead of gin and it is tasty as can be. Also, I tried cutting the cucumbers, then freezing them over night and omitting the icecubes. Cucumber icecubes=amazing. Cheers!

    • July 1, 2011

      OOOH! Soju! And look at you with frozen cucumbers! BRILLIANT.

  • Kate
    August 10, 2011

    Aah these are ridiculously amazing. I tossed in part of a honeydew melon and some ginger syrup I had lying around too!

    • August 10, 2011

      YES. I like that idea. You are totally hired.

  • Paul
    August 16, 2012

    Yum! Excellent recipe and so refreshing.

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