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Local Libations: Cucumber Mint Cooler

2010 October 1

by Kat Durant

When I saw Sarah’s recipe for Roasted Pepper Bisque and then looked at my thermometer that said 105 all I could think was HOT HOT HOT!  A great thing about preparing cocktails for  RecipeRelay, is that it has made me aware of things happening in my region, climate, and daily life. While NYC is starting to think sweaters, in San Diego we’re all running around in flip flops.  All I could think about was that I needed cool down.  I usually reach for a glass of chilled Sauvignon Blanc but this heat was begging me to take it to the next level. Gin, cucumber and mint came to mind.

Normally I’m not a gin drinker but sometimes it is exactly what you need on a hot day. Have you ever noticed that gin can taste like a Christmas tree? I’m not crazy about drinking Christmas trees, (I think I can hear the booing and hissing of my fellow cocktail lovers) but this drink avoids that; it comes off as almost creamy and it hits the tongue in all the right places. The secret ingredient is Sauvignon Blanc. My favorite Sauvignon Blanc comes from New Zealand, which gives it a grassy, crisp, acidic and citrusy flavor that leans toward grapefruit, setting it apart from other Sauvignon Blanc producing regions.  The wine sweetens the drink, softens the gin, and carries the cucumber, blending all the elements together with each sip. 

The other elements for my Cucumber Mint Cooler are a lime that Brianna brought me for her neighbor’s yard, mint from my herb garden, and an organic cucumber from Henry’s Market.
This drink really hit the spot and cooled me to the core. I hope it does the same for you when you need it!

Cucumber Mint Cooler

Prep time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

Tools: Knife, shaker, shot glass, muddler


  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/2 lime
  • 6-8 mint leaves
  • 1 1/2 oz. gin
  • ice
  • splash Sauvignon Blanc

Cooking Directions

  1. Thinly slice half of a cucumber and half of a lime.
  2. In a shaker: put mint leaves, 4 slices of cucumber and 2 slices of lime and muddle it all together.
  3. Add gin and a handful of ice to the shaker and shake.
  4. Fill a glass with ice and add the gin through a strainer, top with a splash of Sauvignon Blanc.
  5. Garnish with a slice of lime and a slice of cucumber.
  6. Cheers!