Cucumber-Mint Lemonade

Skip the store-bought lemonade and use fresh lemon juice for this non-alcoholic cocktail to add acidity, flavor and citrusy aroma.
Photo by Kenji Toma

Courtesy Brad Goocher, Le Farfalle, Charleston, South Carolina

Sure, you could make this drink with store-bought lemonade, but fresh lemon juice adds acidity, flavor and citrusy aroma, so it wouldn’t be quite the same. In true Southern style, Brad Goocher suggests making this drink in a Mason jar, which seals for shaking and can double as a cocktail glass. But if a gleaming silver cocktail shaker and classic rocks glass is more your style, there’s nothing wrong with that, either.

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Ingredients
  • 3 slices cucumber, plus 1 slice for garnish
  • 5 or 6 mint leaves, plus 1 leaf for garnish
  • 1½ ounces lemon juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
Directions

In a cocktail shaker or sealable container, use a muddler or spoon to press the mint and cucumbers. Add remaining ingredients (except garnish), 1 ounce of water and ice. Shake well, and strain into a rocks glass, over fresh ice. To garnish, pierce a cucumber slice with the stem of a mint sprig and place atop the drink.

Punch It Up

Add 1½ ounces vodka or Bourbon.

Published on January 3, 2017
About the Author
Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She's the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip. and NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening, which debuts in September 2018. Email: spirits@wineenthusiast.net



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