Cucumber Lemonade with Basil

This has been a week. A WEEK. I’m not going to lie, some pretty awesome things happened. But that also means not much sleep happened. At all. Additionally, I’m pretty sure my email inboxes all exploded. And left debris all over my life. I’m hoping to clean that up this weekend. But in order to get through it, I’m gonna need a cocktail.

Not only did my email inboxes explode, but my basil plant is also still exploding. Remaining steadfastly determined to make the most of it, I decided to incorporate it in my Friday cocktail. You might think this whole concoction is a bit odd, but I promise it’s good. So good. Sure, it’s a little summery. And sure, it really felt like fall here in Boston today. But I’m pretty sure this will warm you right up, while refreshing you nonetheless.

Cucumber Lemonade with Basil (makes 3-4 large drinks):
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  • 1 English cucumber
  • 3 C water
  • 3 lemons
  • 2 T sugar
  • 1 1/2 C vodka
  • 1 small bunch basil
  • 1 C soda water


Start by cutting your cucumber in half. Peel one half and cut it lengthwise (you can cut it in half again first if need be).


Scoop the seeds out and chop it into pieces.


Put the cucumber pieces in a food processor and puree until smooth.


Put puree in a fine mesh sieve over a container and push with a wooden spoon or spatula, extracting as much liquid as you can from the cucumber puree.


Fill a separate bowl or container with 3 cups water. Squeeze 2 lemons into the water and mix in the sugar.


Pour lemonade and cucumber juice into a pitcher or serving container. Add vodka. Slice remaining cucumber half (un-peeled) and remaining lemon and add to pitcher. Add basil, too. Refrigerate until chilled.


Serve in a glass or jar with a little bit of ice. Top with a little soda water for some sparkle and some extra basil if you like. As mason jars are so summery for me, I feel this could be my last cocktail in a mason jar for quite a while. (actually, that’s a lie; I just thought of 8302 more things I want to serve in them for fall/winter).


This was such a uniquely fabulous lemonade. I admit, if you’re not a cucumber fan, you may not love it… But try it! The cucumber makes an already refreshing lemonade even more refreshing.


And the basil adds a fun little extra kick, just perfect for a Friday.


If you want the truth, I actually made this cocktail early this morning and stuck it in the fridge. Then I went and tried on and ordered my wedding dress (yayy!!) and came home and tasted it… Now I’m sitting here waiting for Chris to come home so we can relax with a glass and see what’s on Dateline tonight!


So, that’s how I’m starting off my weekend. I’m also celebrating my mom’s birthday tomorrow. Yay! And doing about 38204 other things to get my life in order.

And, um, if I owe you an email? I swear I’ll get to it this weekend.

OK, Chris is home. Cocktail Friday is on!

Does your Friday call for a cocktail?


19 Responses to "Cucumber Lemonade with Basil"

  1. Erica says:

    Congrats on all the good stuff and happy birthday to your mom! The cocktail looks super refreshing.

  2. yay for wedding dresses! it’s funny, just last night my husband & i were talking about cucumber water with someone and my husband said that’s gross. i just showed him your cocktail and he said he’d be more apt to drink cucumber since it has vodka in it. hahaha….looks fabulous!

  3. I know there’s going to be at least one more crazy Friday with weather warm enough to warrant one of these. πŸ™‚ Looks wonderfully refreshing!

  4. OMG, I want this cocktail today! It looks so fresh and delicious. I really love cucumbers and herbs in cocktails. LOVE.

  5. Susan says:

    This sounds refreshing and delicious! Great photos too πŸ˜‰

  6. Michelle says:

    After working a really long week and until 9 PM on Friday, I was happy to come home to Chinese takeout and pumpkin beer for dinner!

  7. rita says:

    that looks so refreshing! i’ll just have to wait next year to make this, whenever the warm summer day of germany comes.

  8. newlywed says:

    I am jealous of your cocktail Fridays!! I wish I had the organization to make them in the morning, because when I get home on Friday afternoon, I usually only have enough energy to whine until my husband pours me a glass of wine. No pun intended.
    Congrats on picking out the wedding dress! Yay! It is almost as exciting as picking out the groom πŸ™‚ After your wedding, you should have a wedding dress party where everyone wears their wedding dresses, so that you can wear it again. I will come. In mine. Which I keep threatening to wear to family weddings. I just love it.

  9. What an amazing drink! I don’t think I’ve had enough of those this summer and I’m afraid it’s beginning to get cold here The Netherlands.
    I’m liking this so much though that I am certainly trying it!

  10. Shannon says:

    Mmmm, i’d love to end my weekend with this πŸ™‚

  11. This looks so refreshing – and my Fridays always call for a cocktail! πŸ˜‰

  12. kitchenbelle says:

    That looks incredibly refreshing! Making me thirsty, in fact!

  13. Jaime says:

    Im definitly going to try this out!

  14. Oh, yes, indeed, honey! My Friday calls for a cocktail. In fact, this past Friday, I had a cucumber martini with a salt and pepper rim. Ooh, I love savory cocktails, and yours will hit the spot this Friday!

  15. Ohhh I LOVED putting lemonade slices with cukes in water this summer, this would be a nice kick up to that beverage πŸ˜‰

  16. this looks so refreshing!! wish i had one right now:) thank you for sharing this.

  17. Susan says:

    Cannot wait to see your dress πŸ™‚ Hope you had a lovely weekend with Chris and your mom! Oh and I’m making this recipe.

  18. Ashalah says:

    Ohh that looks SO refreshing! I will have to try that as one last summer treat πŸ™‚

  19. Love this drink!

    I’ve made it a few times now and have narrowed down the exact measurements a bit and I included it (along with a link to your stie) as my favourite summer drink for our summer cocktail feature.

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