Cucumber Basil Gimlet

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I’m pretty excited about this weeks Summer Fest celebration! We are talking all things cucumbers – and I can’t wait to hear what everyone made. While brainstorming my favorite recipe involving cucumber, I realized that you can really use it in so many things! You can toss it into a salad, throw it into a thai flavored pasta dish, make it into a creamy cucumber soup, be super adventurous and make your own pickles, or you can make a kick ass cocktail, like me!

This Cucumber Basil Gimlet starts with making cucumber juice, which is pretty simple, all you have to do is peel an English cucumber, chop it into chunks and throw it into your food processor or blender and blend it until you can’t blend anymore! Then you’re going to put it through a fine mesh strainer and voila – cucumber juice!

But we can’t just add cucumber juice to a cocktail… it has to be jazzed up! So along with the cucumber juice, you’ll need some freshly squeezed lime juice, a basil simple syrup and gin. The result is going to be a perfectly refreshing summer cocktail that you transport you to somewhere fabulous with a beach, and lots of sunshine and perhaps some guacamole.

Cucumber Basil Gimlet

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine English
Servings 2 servings


  • 1-2 oz basil simple syrup water, sugar, basil
  • 1 oz cucumber juice English cucumber
  • 3 oz gin
  • 1 oz lime juice


  • In a pot, combine 1 cup sugar with 1 cup water and 10 basil leave. Bring the mixture to a rolling boil until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let the basil infuse for 20 minutes and until the mixture has cooled. Strain out the basil and set the simple syrup aside.
  • Peel a large English cucumber and cut it into chunks. Place it into your food processor and blender and pulse for 2 minutes. Remove mixture and place it into a fine mesh strainer and push out the juice into another bowl. Discard whatever cannot be pushed into the juice. Set aside.
  • In a cocktail shaker, combine 1 oz of basil simple syrup. 1 oz cucumber juice, 3 oz gin, 1 oz of lime juice and ice cubes. Shake shake shake and taste. If it's too strong, add 1 more oz of basil simple syrup. Shake again and serve over ice.


  1. Love the jar. Love the straw. Love the lime. Love cucumbers.
    I hope I get a few out of my garden this year so I can make these and watch the sunset!

  2. Hello Gaby,
    First time here, you have such a beautiful space. I am loving browsing through the pages.

    Such a refreshing drink. I feel like gulping them down. Love the simplicity in the picture with just the food as your subject and no distracting props.

  3. My grandmother has made it to 91 on gimlets and is still going strong. I suppose its time I get on board! This looks refreshing and fabulous- can’t wait to try it!

  4. This sounds great. I had a drink last summer with cucumber and vodka (I think) and it was extremely refreshing. I was trying to find a good cuke drink last week and I didn’t find anything past using the cucumber flavored vodka so thank you for posting this! I might even have everything to make it!

  5. Oh, I can’t wait to try this drink! Looks, sounds, smells refreshing and delicious (wait i can’t smell it -seemed to though…must have been your beautiful picture!) ! Thanks for another beautiful and tasty recipe, Gaby! Stop on by Cooking with Elise, we love company!

  6. I recently was at an event where they were serving cocktails made with vodka infused with cucumbers and I was surprised by how delicious and refreshing it was. I can not wait to give this a try!

  7. Found this recipe and your blog via Joan at Hammertown. So glad I did!!

    We made these tonight! Perfect summer drink!! Cool! Refreshing! I added a little seltzer to my 2nd drink (they were going down a little too easy 😉 )

    Looking forward to trying many more of you recipes! Thanks!

  8. This reminds me of the awesome cucumber limeade cocktail (gin,cucumber, agave, mint) that I had poolside at Caeser’s Palace this week. I’m pretty sure this recipe won’t cost me $24 a serving either!

  9. As a grad student with a limited kitchen, I find that using a french press to get the cucumber juice out works well if you don’t have a large strainer. My friends rave about this

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