Cucumber Yum Yum Cocktail

I have yet another obsession to confess…cocktails made with cucumber.  I am not sure what it is about them that make me go nuts, but they do.  If I see one on a menu, I can’t resist.  More often than not, they are not sweet, but just extremely fresh and clean tasting.  I especially love a good cucumber drink made with Hendrick’s Gin – which is also made with cucumber.

We had some friends over for a drink the other night before going to dinner, and I decided I wanted to have one “special” cocktail.  I went to epicurious and searched on cucumber and cocktail – and this is what came up – published in Bon Appetit.  The title sold me right away.  Yum Yum did the trick – and boy was the title correct.  I did adapt it slightly below – it was a little too sweet for me at first – but once I cut down on the honey, it was perfect.  It was slightly sweet, had a slight citrus flavor – and it sang of spring.  Just putting it up to my nose, I knew it would be the perfect cocktail.  Go ahead, it is time to toast spring – if not for the weather, at least for this terrific cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 12 1/8-inch-thick slices English hothouse cucumber, divided
  • 10 fresh raspberries, divided
  • 1/4 cup gin
  • 1 tablespoon acacia honey
  • 2 tablespoons (scant) aquavit*
  • 2 tablespoons (scant) fresh lime juice
  • Crushed ice

Preparation

Using muddler or handle of wooden spoon, mash 10 cucumber slices and 8 raspberries in cocktail shaker. Add gin, honey, aquavit, and lime juice. Shake vigorously 20 times. Fill 2 old-fashioned glasses with crushed ice. Strain cucumber mixture into glasses, dividing equally. Garnish each drink with 1 cucumber slice and serve.

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72 thoughts on “Cucumber Yum Yum Cocktail

  1. Looks delish! I haven’t enjoyed a good gin cocktail in quite some time now.

    You have an asterix on aquavit. I then tried to look it up with mixed results. Is it a liquer? Or a flavoured sparkling water?

  2. This looks wonderful. Aquavit is very popular with my Swedish family. Usually we just drink it straight- by the shot. Ohhh weee, it is potent. I will definitely have to dig my bottle out of the freezer and try this cocktail. Thanks!

  3. Looks really refreshing and not overly sweet. I did just see a cucumber flavored vodka, you may want to add that to your cucumber drink list.

  4. I absolutely share your love of cocktails with cucumber. Espescially Hendrick’s gin cocktails! Have you ever had a traditional Hendrick’s gin and tonic, with cucumber from a Hendrick’s teapot and cup/saucer set? We hada pop up Hendrick’s bar in Selfridges and I fell in love with gin and tonic from a bone china cup – give it a try!

  5. Im not much of a drinker (lol) i do bailey irish cream by the tablespoon (lol) on da rocks! anywho im on a cucumber frenzy..so I maybe givin this one a try! tks for postin it! Im gonna tweet ya blog page :) re: showmeoff2world

  6. I have to say there has been a huge groundswell in craft bar tending towards gin based cucumber infused cocktails however, I have to provide the dissenting opinion on this one. As a former bartender I have to say this may be the most delicious drink ever however it is driven by the berries. The most surprising liqueur I have found that plays well with clear liquor and cucumber is Elderflower. Give it a shot… well not literally a shot, it plays well with vodka, gin, citrus, and even champagne. Kudo’s for the Hendrick’s reps on their successful insertion into every hip bar’s vernacular.

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  9. This looks amazing – I will be trying this over the weekend, for sure. Did you ever, by chance, figure out how to make the amazing Cucumber Mint Martini at Mercer Kitchen?

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