Cucumber Infused Vodka

cucumber infused vodka

It's INFUSION TIME! Have you made the Strawberry Infused Vodka yet? If you haven't, you should! For those of you who've made some, isn't it crazy good? Don't you feel proud of yourself for making your own jazzed up vodka? It's kind of addictive, no? So here's the latest addition to my booze repertoire--Cucumber Infused Vodka! I have no doubt that you're gonna want to get in on this action.

cucumber infused vodka

Cucumber Infused Vodka is delicate, slightly sweet, and uber-refreshing. It's like fancy spa water gone wild! The best part is that it's SOO dang easy to make. All you have to do is peel & cut 1 English cucumber, put it in a jar of vodka and wait for 3 days. Amazing, right? I should also note that cucumbers don't soak up as much booze like the strawberries in the Strawberry Infused Vodka, so the vodka yield is HIGH. Winning!

So, what to do with this vodka? Drink it ICE cold on it's own; it's really fantastic by itself. Since I generally like to mix booze with other stuff, I added some to a cold glass of watermelon juice with a twist of lime and it was KILLER. I think I'd like to try it with pineapple juice, sparkly water & mint. Oh dear...I'm salivating now.

And we're off!

Get your act together.

getting ready!

Peel the cucumber. Scrape out the seeds. CHOP.

seeding & chopping

Hello cucumber. Let's get you in this big ole mason jar.



getting ready

THIS. Put a lid on it.

filler up!

And you're ready to let it sit for three days. Agitate it once or twice daily.

ready to infuse

And when you are ready to crack it open...

3 days later

You strain it! The cucumbers have lost all of their color. They turn almost yellow. Weird!


And now you have cucumber infused vodka!


When you freeze it, you get wonderful sheets of cucumber ice in each sip.


Add a few slices of cucumber in your martini glass & drink it ice cold!

cucumber vodka


Cucumber Infused Vodka

Makes about 2 3/4 cups vodka

(recipe from Sean Timberlake of Punk Domestics)

  • 1 large English cucumber, peeled & seeded
  • 750 ml vodka (I used Pearl Vodka!)

Peel, seed & chop cucumbers and place in a seal-able container large enough to contain it all. Add the vodka on top and seal. Store in a cool, dark place (like your pantry) for 3 days, or up to a week, agitating daily. Strain with coffee filters or cheesecloth. Store and serve well chilled.

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  • July 2, 2011

    God God, that sounds spectacular. And perfect for this balmy weather we are having. Hmm.... very inspiring.

  • July 2, 2011

    You are my kind of girl. I'm so glad you are experimenting with booze. We are all benefitting.

  • July 2, 2011

    Have I ever told you I love the way your mind thinks? Because I do.

  • erinlucy
    July 3, 2011

    yum yum yum. this is not helping my alcohol cravings. at all. so what's next on your vodka infusing adventure? do you think something citrus-y would work?

    • July 3, 2011

      SOON!! SOON you'll be able to drink!! I've been wanting to make limoncello...maybe i'll do that soon!

  • July 3, 2011

    I have been heavily into cucumber water lately so this sounds like cocktail perfection. Definitely going to try it!

  • July 3, 2011

    I thought the strawberry vodka you made couldn't be topped, but I think this did it! This looks sooo cool and refreshing, perfect for summer. I want to make some, but then I'd probably never get anything done.

    • July 3, 2011

      ha!! I'm thinking that the only way I can top them both is to make a drink with BOTH of them together! Perhaps you need to make an espresso vodka then? :)

      • WendyJ
        July 6, 2011

        Have you considered lavender vodka? I've seen it in cocktail recipes but it seems a bit daunting...

  • July 3, 2011

    heck yes! this looks like the most refreshing drink ever. i love that you put it in the freezer...those little ice chips floating in the glass have got to be perfection. that's where i always keep the vodka!

    • July 3, 2011

      i love how it pours when it comes from the freezer! soo thick & deeelish.

  • July 3, 2011

    I wonder if it would work with gin...

    • brandi l-b.
      July 3, 2011

      exactly what i was thinking. mmmm.

  • July 3, 2011

    So yummy! I'm in love with this.

  • July 5, 2011

    oh yum! I love vodka! I love flavored vodka! This is definitely going on my "to make" list. Bringing it to my next BBQ. Thanks Tracy!

  • July 5, 2011

    Mmm, yum, yum, love the idea! I guess it makes you feel like you are actually on a healthy diet while drinking this. Bravo!

    Love that 'fancy spa water gone wild' line. He-he.

    Petra :)

    • July 5, 2011

      Haha!! Problem must eat something SUBSTANTIAL if you are gonna drink it. Woohoo it's strong.

  • July 6, 2011

    Do you think the cucumber peel needs to be removed if you're using an organic and well-washed cucumber? I'm asking partly because I'm lazy but also because I don't like to waste the cucumber that inevitably latches onto the peels, no matter how carefully I try to peel them.

    • July 6, 2011

      I have a feeling that the peels would make the vodka a little bit bitter! It would make the vodka a bit greener. My peeler doesn't skin much flesh off my cucumber! Maybe you need a better one!?

      • July 6, 2011

        Thanks Tracy. I don't mind the green color, but the bitterness concerned me a bit. And yes, it probably is way past time for a peeler upgrade - I learned the hard way when making limoncello last year, as I had to go back and remove pith from the lemon peel by hand after my peeler did a crappy job.

        Anyway, for this round, I split the batch just to experiment a little - I'm curious how bitter the peel will actually make it. I'll let you know how it goes, and thank you again for the quick response!

        • July 6, 2011

          Thanks! I can't wait to see how it turns out! Maybe you'll make it even EASIER to make Cucumber Infused Vodka!

  • July 9, 2011

    So 3 days later, both infusions are delicious. The one where I left the peel on is a couple shades greener (again, not a concern of mine, but others might mind the color), but no bitterness!! And I just made a cucumber vodka + St. Germain elderflower liqueur + club soda cocktail that is absolutely fabulous: Thanks for the inspiration!

    • July 9, 2011

      oh AWESOME!! Thanks so much for checking back in!

    • July 9, 2011

      and omg that looks /sounds soo good!

  • July 15, 2011

    Aha! I heard about your cucumber infused vodka when I was listening to your podcast last night. I just infused vodka for the first time (with jalapeno) and now I want to try cucumbers... strawberries... lemons... rosemary... pretty much everything.

  • Krystina
    August 4, 2011

    mmm...cucumber vodka is the key ingredient in one of my favorite bloody marys from a restaurant. You can bet that I'll be making this! (and that cucumber-St. Germain concoction!)

    • August 4, 2011

      oh YUM!!! I bet that's FANTASTIC! I will no doubt be trying that!

  • Natalie
    August 23, 2011

    OMG this is amazing! I just tried the finished product with a some lemon juice and mint-- phenom! Thanks for the brilliant recipe!

    • August 24, 2011

      YAY!!! So glad you tried/liked!!!

  • Jackie
    December 17, 2011

    What will happen if I leave the seeds in? I started infusing before I read these instructions, oops! Thanks!

  • Jen
    May 15, 2012

    This has just made my day. This will be going in my next batch of bloody marys!!!

    • Tracy
      May 16, 2012

      Stellar idea!!!!!!

  • Pam
    January 5, 2013

    I just came home from a brunch and cucumber vodka bloody marys were on the menu!! I had to stop by the store and pick up a cucumber to make my own batch and found this blog! They were awesommmmmmme!

  • Lisa Clark
    June 8, 2014

    I love the Spongebob "three days later".

  • Sam
    December 18, 2014

    any clue of what to do with the cucumber afterwards? i'm not a fan of waste

    • Tracy
      December 18, 2014

      Blend it up with ice and the vodka and some ginger ale and make a cocktail!

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