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Summer cocktails: cucumber rose gimlet

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  • Author: Bowen Close (Bowen Appétit)
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


Fresh, floral, summery cocktail to celebrate the start of summer.


  • 2 thick slices cucumber, quartered (any kind will work here, and no need to peel the American or waxy-skinned kinds)
  • 2 thin slices cucumber for garnish (optional, and peel if you’re using a waxy-skinned kind and want to be able to eat the garnish)
  • 1/4 scant tsp. rosewater
  • 2 ounce gin
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup


  1. Place the thick slices of cucumber in the bottom of a cocktail shaker and muddle until the pieces are broken apart. (Alternatively, put the cucumber into a bowl or onto a plate and smash until they release a good amount of liquid and the pieces are broken apart – then put the smashed cucumber into your shaker.)
  2. Add the rosewater, gin, lime juice, and simple syrup to the shaker and fill at least halfway with ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with 2 thin slices of cucumber (if desired).


This cocktail is easily scalable – you can even make it a pitcher at a time for a crowd!

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
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