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rocks glass filled with a light yellow-colored drink and topped with a cucumber ribbon

Gin or Vodka Cucumber Gimlet Recipe

  • Author: Lauren Grant
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
  • Category: Drink/cocktail
  • Method: No-cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This refreshing take on the classic gimlet cocktail features fresh cucumber, your choice of vodka or gin, lime juice, and agave or simple syrup. Simple and refreshing!


  • 45 (1-inch) chunks English cucumber + more for garnish
  • 2 ounces gin or vodka
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 12 teaspoons agave syrup, honey* or simple syrup
  • 1 ½ ounces club soda


In a cocktail shaker, muddle cucumber chunks until completely smashed. Add gin or vodka, lime juice and agave, fill shaker with ice and shake vigorously until chilled. Adjust sweetness with additional agave as needed.

Strain drink into a rocks glass filled with ice; top with club soda. For a more traditional presentation, strain cocktail into a martini glass or coupe glass.

Garnish with skewered cucumber ribbon.

To make a cucumber ribbon, use a vegetable peeler to peel lengthwise down the cucumber, you’ll need to make a few peels until you get a nice thick peel from the center of the cucumber. Fold cucumber ribbon back and forth into an accordion, then skewer with a cocktail skewer or toothpick.


* if you use honey, shake the cocktail ingredients together first without ice until the honey is dissolved into the mixture. Add ice and shake until well-chilled. 

For an herby cucumber gimlet, muddle a few leaves of basil or mint with the cucumber.


  • Serving Size: 1 cocktail
  • Calories: 160
  • Sugar: 0.5g
  • Sodium: 6mg
  • Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0g

Keywords: cucumber gimlet, cucumber vodka gimlet, cucumber gin gimlet

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