This drink is a great segue into fall because it has that brightness from lime and cucumber, but it also has a warm ginger kick to make it feel more cool-weather appropriate.
By Alexandra Azary
I have a thing for bright, citrusy cocktails, like the margaritas and mojitos of the world, but with the weather getting a little cooler and it being officially “fall” (it’s 90 something degrees here, so I’m not quite feelin’ it yet), I’m trying to experiment with drinks that sorta play into the less summery months. I love this drink for a segue into fall because it still has that brightness from lime and some bubbliness, but it’s also got that warm ginger kick to it that makes it feel a little bit more cool-weather appropriate.
- 2½ ounces vodka
- 1½ ounces fresh cucumber juice*
- ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
- ¼ ounce simple syrup**
- thin cucumber slice, for garnish
- 3 ounces ginger beer
- Add ice to a cocktail shaker along with vodka, cucumber juice, lime juice, and simple syrup. Shake well.
- Strain mixture into a highball glass (a lowball will work too but will end up pretty full) filled with ice and garnished with a cucumber twist. Top off with ginger beer and mix in.
***To make simple syrup, stir together 8 ounces (1 cup) water with 7 ounces (1 cup) granulated sugar in a saucepan set over medium heat. Heat, stirring occasionally, just until the sugar has dissolved into the water. Store in a jar or other airtight container in the refrigerator. This will make enough for several drinks.
Alexandra is a self-taught baker and food photographer who shares her creations on her personal blog, Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker. She's passionate about food and aims to inspire more people to bake from scratch and get comfortable in the kitchen.