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Cucumber Collins

A twist on the classic tom collins cocktail adds one simple ingredient: cucumber! This refreshing Cucumber Collins will quickly become your go-to summer cocktail.

Cucumber collins cocktail with muddled cucumber in the glass and cucumber slice, lemon, mint, and floral straw as garnish. Jar of simple syrup, lemon, mint, cucumber, and muddler in the background and "Cucumber Collins" text at the top

Adding cucumbers to cocktails seems to be a pretty divisive issue. Most people seem to either love cucumber cocktails or hate them. Just like on the cilantro debate (talk about divisive!), I somehow land right in the middle. I like it, but don’t go crazy for it and generally don’t like too much of it. But when it comes to this cucumber collins cocktail? I am all in. 100%. Give me a pitcher and call it a day.

WHY ADD CUCUMBERS TO COCKTAILS?

Some people think adding vegetable to cocktails is totally weird. As someone who has made several cocktails with tomatoes (and I’m not talking about the juice), I am clearly a fan of vegetables in cocktails. Then again, cucumbers and tomatoes are both technically fruits! Anyway, when it comes to cucumbers being added to drinks, there’s a big reason why it’s a fabulous idea: Cucumbers are refreshing! That’s exactly why they serve cucumber water at so many spas. But there are actually lots of health benefits to cucumbers, including the fact that they have antioxidants, they help hydrate you, and they’re good for your skin and muscles.

But let’s be real… the only thing that really matters for this recipe is that cucumbers taste delicious in cocktails!

WHAT IS A TOM COLLINS?

And now you’re probably wondering “what the heck is a cucumber collins?” Well, first you need to know what a tom collins is! A tom collins is a classic cocktail that consists of gin, lemon juice, sugar, and carbonated water. Some people even call it a “gin and sparkling lemonade,” which sounds just delicious, right? All of those ingredients can be found in this cucumber cocktail recipe, plus one… Cucumber!

There are even special glasses for tom collins, called collins glasses. They’re tall and straight and super similar to highball glasses, but a little bit narrower and taller. A lot of times you see mojitos in collins glasses.

I made this cucumber collins in a mason jar instead of a collins glass for a summery twist. I promise it will be delicious  no matter what kind of glass you serve it in!

CUCUMBER COLLINS RECIPE

Like I mentioned, the ingredients for this cucumber collins are pretty standard Tom Collins ingredients, plus some cucumber slices! You’ll start by muddling the cucumber, lemon juice, and simple syrup in the bottom of your glass until the cucumbers a re a bit crushed and juices have released.

Collage with one photo showing cucumber slices, lemon juice, and simple syrup at the bottom of a mason jar and one photo showing ingredients being muddled in the bottom of the jarThen you’ll stir in the gin and add plenty of ice, before topping off with soda water.

Add another cucumber slice, sprig of mint, and a lemon wedge for garnish.

Head-on view of mason jar filled with cucumber collins with cucumbers muddled at the bottom of the glass and topped with a lemon wedge and floral straw and jar of simple syrup in the background

If you’re not a fan of all that extra roughage in your cocktail, you can definitely make this cocktail in a shaker and strain it into an ice-filled glass. But if you’re drinking it with a straw, you shouldn’t have any problems with the muddled cucumbers in the glass! It is a cucumber cocktail after all!

Cucumber collins cocktail with muddled cucumber in the glass and cucumber slice, lemon, mint, and floral straw as garnish. Jar of simple syrup, lemon, mint, cucumber, and muddler in the background

Easy to sip, crisp, light, and refreshing, the cucumber collins will surely become one of your go-to summer drinks. Plus, it’s probably one of the easiest ways to beat the heat, too.

View of two mason jars with cucumber collins with muddled cucumbers in the bottom and topped with lemon wedge, cucumber slice, mint, and floral straw. Lemon wedge and jar of simple syrup in the background

Do you like cocktails with cucumbers in them?

If you love this cocktail recipe, be sure to check out my Key Lime Pie Mojitos and my Pear Old Cubans. I also love this Cucumber Martini with Melon and Mint from Sip and Feast!

Cucumber Collins

A twist on the classic tom collins cocktail adds one simple ingredient: cucumber! This refreshing Cucumber Collins will quickly become your go-to summer cocktail.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Drink
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cucumber Cocktails, Summer Cocktails, Tom Collins
Servings: 1 cocktail
Author: Sues

Ingredients

  • 4 slices cucumber (plus extra for garnish)
  • 1 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 oz. simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 2 oz. gin
  • Club soda, to top off
  • Mint, to garnish

Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  • In the bottom of a glass, muddle cucumber slices, lemon juice, and simple syrup. If you don't have a muddler, the handle of a wooden spoon will work just fine. Muddle until the cucumbers are a bit crushed and the juices have released.
  • Add gin and fill the glass with ice. Top cocktail off with club soda.
  • Garnish with additional cucumber slice and mint.

Simple Syrup

  • Put sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Once mixture is boiling, lower heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes, until sugar has dissolved and mixture thickens.
  • Pour syrup into a heat-proof bowl or mason jar and place in fridge to let cool completely. 

Notes

  • If you prefer to leave the muddled cucumber out of your drink, you can prepare the cocktail in a shaker, add gin and strain the drink into an ice filled glass.

17 Responses to "Cucumber Collins"

  1. kickpleat says:

    Looks super refreshing! I love a good gin and tonic, and should give it a go with cucumber too.

  2. Ashley says:

    gin is in all of my favorite cocktails, so if you say this is good, i’m just going to have to give it a try.

  3. Michelle says:

    I firmly believe that everything tastes better in a mason jar. 🙂

  4. Katie says:

    love the pics!! such a delicious drink 🙂

  5. Bridget says:

    This does sound refreshing!! Also makes me want to create my “signature” drink 😉

  6. Want! Gin and cucumber is one of my favorite summer combos!

  7. Mal @ The Chic Geek says:

    This sounds lovely, I love a good Collins, and cucumber is so yummy in a drink

  8. Elizabeth says:

    Cucumber is one of my favorite drink components and it always looks so pretty in the glass, or jar.

  9. Victoria says:

    What a light and refreshing beverage. I’m all for eating alcohol-soaked produce, haha. That’s what a love about sangria too!

  10. Daisy says:

    Franklin Cafe has one of these on their menu and I love it so!

  11. Lexi says:

    sounds delightful! maybe something to try this weekend!

  12. Ellen Renee says:

    The drink sounds wonderful – thanks for the idea.

  13. Shannon says:

    wow, this sounds wonderful!

  14. Des says:

    YUM! this sounds so good. please be sure to have one prepared for me next time I come and visit:) hehe…

  15. MariaLevy says:

    Wow! That looks incredibly delicious I want one right now 🙂
    Thank you for sharing.

  16. Barefeet In The Kitchen says:

    This looks delicious! I need to try it soon.

  17. Jeffrey mabe says:

    5 stars
    I love it with out the sugar. The main thing I don’t like about them, is they are too easy to drink. I have to be careful on a hot summer day. Extremely refreshing and whoa if you are not careful! Lol

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