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Cucumber Gimlet

by TastefullyJulie on June 8, 2012

Since it’s Friday I’m going to share another one of my favorite cocktails.

And also because I found these adorable martini glasses at a garage sale last Sunday for 25 cents each. Sunday is the day to scoop up the great garage sale deals, people. Everything must go!

I’m a Tanqueray girl at heart but, in true blogger form, I bought a pretty blue bottle of Bombay Sapphire Gin to match the glasses. Admittedly, the Bombay made for a much smoother drink. My gin-loathing husband drank one of these happily and even requested another. Perhaps he was actually just loathsome of Tanqueray all these years.

This drink tastes exactly like cucumber-lime liquid candy. Be advised, it’s much more potent than the flavor lets on.

Apparently this gimlet originates from a restaurant called Ocean Prime. I’ve never been, nor had I even heard of it, but my cousin told me all about this fabulous drink that she had there. She said, “It’s so refreshing. It’s like a spa drink!”.

Yes, indeed. If spas served beverages with 3 ounces of gin in them, it would be just like a spa drink.

HINT: When it comes to the simple syrup you have a couple options. The traditional way is to take equal parts water and sugar, bring them to a boil until the sugar is totally dissolved, and then wait. Wait what seems like an ungodly amount of time for it to cool down enough to make your drink.

I have no patience for this.

I mix equal parts sugar and water in an empty water bottle and shake the heck out of it until the sugar dissolves. It’s not as syrupy as the real stuff but equally as sweet and works just fine.

4.8 from 5 reviews

Cucumber Gimlet
Recipe type: cocktail
Serves: 1-2

  • 1 small cucumber, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 2 ounces simple syrup
  • 3 ounces gin of choice

  1. Muddle 8-10 pieces of the cucumber with the lime juice in a drink shaker.
  2. Add simple syrup, gin, and ice.
  3. Shake well, strain and serve.


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1 RavieNomNoms June 8, 2012 at 11:39 am

Heck yes! I will take 4 please :-)
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2 TastefullyJulie June 8, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Four is just enough ;)


3 Angie@Angie's Recipes June 8, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Holy cow..this looks so dreamy and cool!
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4 TastefullyJulie June 8, 2012 at 10:31 pm

And I just read that tomorrow is “World Gin Day”. Just in time!


5 Part Time House Wife June 8, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Yummmm…. I’m not really down with a lot of cucumber things but boozy cucumber I could get on board with! We have an Ocean Prime really close to us… The next time you come to my neck of the woods we can meet there for one of these! or 10 ;-)
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6 TastefullyJulie June 8, 2012 at 8:21 pm

When she first told me it had cucumber in it I was like “um, no thanks”. But it is sooo delicious!


7 Anita at Hungry Couple June 8, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Hmm. I just happen to have oodles of cucumbers in my fridge waiting to be put to good use. I’d say this is good use. :)
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8 TastefullyJulie June 8, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Best use I can think of!


9 Elana @ The Inventive Vegetarian June 8, 2012 at 6:10 pm

I LOVE gin! This sounds absolutely delicious, and I’m totally digging your version of simple syrup :-)
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10 TastefullyJulie June 8, 2012 at 8:22 pm

I know! Who has that kind of time?


11 Alex @ intoxicology 101 June 8, 2012 at 11:27 pm

Thanks for stopping by. Great choice with the Bombay. Cheers!


12 love2dine June 9, 2012 at 2:13 am

Yum. Beautiful post.


13 emily (a nutritionist eats) June 9, 2012 at 10:54 am

I love cucumber drinks!! Lovely pictures!
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14 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies June 9, 2012 at 11:57 am

Yay for garage sale finds! I wish I had better luck with them. All I can ever find is junk!

This looks so summery and fun and delicious! I love that subtle taste that cucumbers add to a drink.
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15 TastefullyJulie June 10, 2012 at 9:00 pm

All I ever used to find was junk but now I see the dishes and glasses in a whole new light :)


16 Jane June 10, 2012 at 3:56 pm

mmmm yum. I love the glasses, and the matching blue bottle! So pretty :)
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17 EA-The Spicy RD June 10, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Pinning this now! I am a gin and tonic girl, but never really sure what else to make with gin. I am also a sucker for sparkly cocktail glasses, and I have the same big blue bottle of gin on the counter in my kitchen, just because it’s just so pretty :-)
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18 TastefullyJulie June 10, 2012 at 11:13 pm

I love gin and tonic, too. Try a Tom Collins next time: Gin, club soda, and sour mix.


19 The View From the Table June 11, 2012 at 9:48 am

Hello, I’m new to your blog, found you via Food Buzz.
Oh this looks fabulous. Have you ever tried Hendrick’s gin? It’s made with cucumber and rose petals so it would be fab in this cocktail.. I wrote about it recently on my blog, here’s the link if you’d like a new gin in your life!
Reading the comments to this post, I’m so sad that I missed World Gin Day!


20 TastefullyJulie June 11, 2012 at 9:54 am

Thank you! I haven’t tried Hendrick’s yet but I’ve heard great things about it. When this bottle of Bombay is gone I’m going to try it!


21 shannon @ a periodic table June 13, 2012 at 5:44 pm

gin and tonics are my favorite drink. with a lime twist. it’s been my drink since i was out of high school and over the legal drinking age (hi, police). and i also consider Tanqueray to be my favorite, but i’ll drink Bombay too; good choice with those pretty glasses! garage sales and thrift stores are the BEST. beautiful photos.
and back to my drinking…i can’t wait to make one of these; i almost never have a drink anymore (due to the almost-two-year old wee one and me wanting to be clear-headed) but i should probably make an exception for these. after she goes to bed. :)
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22 TastefullyJulie June 13, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Gin was always my drink. I thought I was so cool while everyone else drank tasteless vodka! ;)
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23 Carole June 21, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Hey, this is just great. Would you be happy to link it to Food on Friday : Mocktails and Cocktails
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24 SiscoVanilla December 6, 2012 at 2:25 pm


Made your Cucumber Gimlet cocktail last night. My wife and I both loved it. Blogged about it here with full credit to you for the recipe:



25 Kevin June 23, 2014 at 4:35 pm

The cucumber craze is a little weird to me, but I tried this drink out and I’m now a believer! You wouldn’t expect a veggie to taste so good…but I’m happy to be proven wrong.

I wrote a piece on my favorite cocktail if you care to take a look – a bit less elegant than the cucumber gimlet, but tasty nonetheless:
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