Cucumber Cooler

Happy October!!  I can’t believe it is here already, but I am not complaining, since it is one of my favorite months of the year.  My favorite baking season definitely, with all those scrumptuous pumpkin recipes.  I can’t wait for my house have that fall baking aroma.

So, I am sure you are wondering why, on this first day of October, I am posting a Cucumber Cooler?  Well, I just couldn’t get into fall just yet without posting one more cucumber drink.  I saw this drink in Bon Appetit called Ruben’s Cooler No. 2, which I adpated heavily to create this new drink called the Cucumber Cooler.  I had all the intentions of following the recipe exactly, until I got to the liquor store.  I saw this Cucumber Liquor, and I couldn’t pass it up.  It actually tastes good enough to just serve by itself on the rocks.

So – here I am, toasting to the end of summer, and the beginning of fall, with my beloved Cucumber Cooler – cheers!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups thinly sliced unpeeled  cucumber
  • 2 1/2 cups Hendrick’s Gin
  • 1 1/4 cups Cucumber liqueur
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups club soda

Preparation

Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange  cucumber slices in single layer on prepared sheet. Freeze until solid, about 1  hour.

DO AHEAD Can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and keep frozen.

Combine gin, liqueur, lemon juice, and 2 cups ice in a  large pitcher. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.  Stir club  soda and frozen cucumber slices into pitcher. Fill 12-ounce highball glasses  with ice. Pour cocktail into glasses and serve.

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