The cucumber collins is among the most refreshing cocktails you can mix up. Make it with either gin or vodka—just like any collins drink—and enjoy the cool taste of fresh cucumber and lime. The drink makes an impressive addition to a summer soirée, especially when thin ribbons of cucumber are woven within layers of ice.
The beauty of the cucumber collins is how simple it is to make. Cucumbers are juicy and can easily be muddled right along with the lime to create a fruity base. It's best to shake the drink, then strain it into the glass. This not only helps integrate the flavors but also keeps your drink nice and clean. To amplify the cucumber flavor, use a cucumber-forward gin such as Hendrick's or a cucumber vodka.
Gather the ingredients.
In a cocktail shaker, add the cucumber, lime, and simple syrup. Muddle well to release all the fruit juices.
Add the gin, fill the shaker with ice, and shake well.
Strain into a tall glass filled with fresh ice and cucumber ribbons.
Top with seltzer.
Garnish with a lime slice and mint sprig.
Serve and enjoy!
- It's easy to create perfect cucumber ribbons with a vegetable peeler. Simply run the peeler down the length of the cucumber in one motion and a thin sliver will peel right off. Keep the ribbons in a bowl of water in the refrigerator; they'll stay fresh for more than a few hours.
- Add the ice and cucumber ribbons simultaneously: Begin with one ribbon, wrapping it around the inside of the glass, then add a few ice cubes and wrap some more. Do the same with a second ribbon and more ice. The cucumber may even stick on the glass so it's out of the way while you add ice. Use a bar spoon to help maneuver everything into place if needed.
- Switch from lime to lemon if you like. During the summer, honeydew melon and pineapple are great additions that work well with cucumber, too.
- Mint, basil, and thyme pair perfectly with cucumber. Add a sprig of the herb to the muddle or use it to make an infused simple syrup.
- Rather than gin or vodka, try this collins with rum or tequila instead. A soft liqueur like St. Germain is a nice twist as well.
- Add extra flavor with a light fruit-flavored seltzer or give the drink an extra kick with a hard seltzer. Club soda, lemon-lime soda, ginger ale, and sparkling lemonade are good substitutes, too.