Cucumber Martinis (With Variations)

Cucumber martinis

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
275 Calories
1g Fat
24g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 275
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 12mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Protein 5g
Calcium 56mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Cucumber martinis are as cool and refreshing as cucumbers themselves. Literally cool from being shaken with ice and figuratively cool in how hip they are. 

Common garden cucumbers or hothouse cucumbers are perfectly fine in these cocktails, but if you have another type of cucumber on hand, this is a great place to use them and appreciate their slightly different flavors. Lemon cucumbers, in particular, are a fun choice. To give these lovelies an extra dose of cucumber, whip up a batch of cucumber vodka ahead of time—even a day out and you'll get some extra cucumber flavor.

Cucumber martinis can certainly stand on their own come cocktail time, but they are also particularly delicious alongside a selection of raw vegetables and a smooth, cooling summer dip such as a yogurt mint dressing.

This recipe is for a single cocktail but is easy enough to double or triple—it all depends on how big your cocktail shaker is! It is better, however, to mix fewer at a time in more batches than try to do one giant batch where they don't get properly shaken.


  • 3 thick cucumber slices
  • 2 1/2 ounces vodka (or gin)
  • 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 to 3 thin cucumber slices

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Cucumber martini ingredients
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  2. Put the 3 thick cucumber slices in a cocktail shaker (a jar with a screw-top lid works very nicely as a stand-in). Use a muddler or a wooden spoon to muddle, or crush, the cucumber slices a bit to bring out more of their flavor.

    Drop cucumber in shaker
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  3. Pour in the vodka or gin and the dry vermouth.

    Pour vodka in shaker
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  4. Swirl just a bit to combine, then add the ice.

    Drink in shaker
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  5. Put the top on the cocktail shaker (or jar). Shake and shake and shake. Seriously, shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds (this may seem like a long time). You're not just mixing the ingredients, you're melting some of the ice into the cocktail to soften its edges and blend the flavors.

    Put top on shaker
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  6. Strain the mixture into a martini glass (or vessel of your choice).

    Strain cocktail
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  7. Add the remaining 1 to 3 thin slices of fresh (un-muddled and un-bruised) cucumber to the martini glass.

    Add cucumber
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  8. Serve immediately and enjoy.


  • Remember: Like all martinis, these pack a punch. The first one is divine, but watch out for the second one: it will make a third seem like a good idea, which it is most definitely not.


  • Add a grind or two of freshly ground black pepper (it adds a lovely bit of heat to the cool cucumber, as well as a floral note to the final cocktail).
  • Include a few fresh green herbs in the shaker (mint, thyme, or basil are slam-dunks here, chervil is an unexpected twist, and dill, if used sparingly, is tasty, too).
  • Garnish with a twist of lemon or lime.