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Cucumber Basil Lemonade

This Cucumber Basil Lemonade is an amazingly refreshing summer cocktail that can also be made into a mocktail (just leave the vodka out!). Simply make a homemade lemonade, juice your cucumber (it's easy!) and combine together with fresh basil and lots of ice.
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Course: Drink
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lemonade Drinks, Summer Cocktails, Vodka Cocktail Recipes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 20 minutes
Makes: 6 cocktails (with vodka)
Author: Sues


  • 1 ½ English cucumbers (1 for drink and ½ for garnish)
  • ¾ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 4 lemons), plus 1 lemon thinly sliced for garnish
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ cups vodka (optional)
  • cup basil leaves


  • Peel one of the cucumbers, cut it in half, and then cut each half in half lengthwise. Scoop seeds out with a spoon, discard, and dice cucumber.
  • Put cucumber pieces in a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.
  • Put cucumber puree through a fine mesh sieve over a bowl and push with a wooden spoon or spatula, extracting as much liquid as you can from the cucumber puree. You should be able to get about ¾ cup.
  • Pour cucumber juice into a large pitcher with ¾ cup lemon juice, water, and granulated sugar. Stir in vodka if using. Slice remaining half cucumber and add cucumber slices, lemon slices, and fresh basil to pitcher.
  • Let mixture chill until ready to serve. Pour cocktail into ice-filled glasses, making sure to get some sliced cucumbers and lemons and basil in each glass.


  • If making ahead of time, wait to add cucumber and lemon slices and fresh basil to pitcher until a couple hours before serving.
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