Summer Cocktail Winner: Cucumber-Lime Cooler

Mmmm…  a summer cocktail hits the spot on a sunny, warm evening.

Our local tavern serves a bright, cool cocktail made with cucumber, pear vodka, and lime juice. Here is my take on our local favorite. There is a crispness from the cucumber that makes this such a refreshing treat.  Fresh lime juice has no substitute, so don’t even go there. You won’t regret the extra effort!

Cucumber-Lime Cooler

You will need to prep the cucumber water at least 2 days in advance.


cucumber water



pear-flavored vodka


Make the simple syrup

At least two days in advance, fill a glass pitcher with 4 c. water and 5-6 slices of cucumber. Cover and refrigerate.Photo May 08, 11 28 14 AM


To make the simple syrup, mix 1 c. sugar and 1 c. cucumber water in a saucepan. Continue stirring over medium heat until the sugar totally dissolves and the mixture just begins to thicken a bit (it will just be reaching the boiling point). Cool.Photo May 08, 11 26 25 AM

Pour into a glass jar, like a mason jar, and refrigerate the syrup. Keep the remaining water to dilute your cocktail, if you find it too strong; or, you can make more syrup, or drink it like you’re at the spa!

Make the cocktail

Fill a cocktail glass with ice.

Add 1 Tbs. fresh lime juice (about 1/2 lime)

Mix in 1-2 Tbs. cucumber simple syrup (above), to taste

Add 2 oz. pear-flavored vodka.

If you find the drink too strong, (or you want to be able to have a second cocktail!) add a splash of the reserved cucumber water.Photo May 09, 5 01 20 PM

Garnish with cucumber or lime slice.

What is so great about this cocktail? Well, I love the fresh tastes and that, as the ice melts, the drink just keeps getting better! Cheers ♥

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