This Cucumber Gimlet recipe is perfection. It's crisp and refreshing and super easy to make! With just a few ingredients, this vodka drink is ready in just minutes! This vodka cucumber cocktail is a classic idea that you need to know about.
When I had a Cucumber Gimlet in a restaurant a few years ago, it left a BIG impression. It was refreshing, so stinking simple and full of cucumber flavor.
It was ever so slightly sweet but totally drinkable. When I had to make my own cucumber vodka for another cocktail idea, I knew it was a perfect time to learn to make it at home.
Why you'll love this Vodka Gimlet with Cucumber
Easy mixed drinks are my jam. And this one is SO so easy.
It does take a few days to make the cucumber-flavored vodka but even that is crazy easy. You know I don't like buying specialty bottles of liquor (I like to keep my home bar small) so making your own is a great hack.
Cucumber is one of my favorite cocktail ingredients. It pairs well with lots of other flavors, especially vodka.
Related: Cucumber Margarita
I pretty much always have cucumbers in my fridge because it's one of the only veggies I can get my kids to eat regularly.
Classic cocktails, like a gimlet, are sometimes overlooked because they sound a bit overwhelming. But you have to give them a try! They are usually just a few ingredients and don't need any special skills.
This vodka cucumber cocktail is delicious, so quick and you can modify it to perfectly suit your tastes. If you love easy vodka recipes, you'll love this simple drink!
Although a traditional gimlet has 2 parts alcohol to 1 part lime, I switched it up a little because of using Rose's lime juice.
The Rose's is a little bit sweeter than fresh lime juice. And since this recipe is mostly alcohol, I wanted just a touch of sweetness. I didn't do a full ounce of Rose's lime because I don't like things overly sweet. This added the perfect touch.
How to Make A Cucumber Gimlet
Start by making homemade cucumber vodka.
It's super easy. Just follow this DIY Flavored Vodka tutorial and swap the oranges for cucumber. You will need to give it a few days.
Add the 2 slices of cucumber and lime juice wedge to the cocktail shaker.
Muddle them to break up the fruit and release their juices.
Add vodka and Rose's lime juice.
Add ice to the cocktail shaker.
Shake well and strain into a glass.
If you murdered the cucumber with the muddler, you might end up with some bits and pieces floating around in your cocktail. I don't mind that.
If you do, you can use one of those extra cocktail strainer things. You know, the cocktail tool that everyone has in their drawer but never uses (I think it's a Hawthorn strainer). Or you can hold a piece of cheesecloth over the top of the shaker to grab all the pieces.
Top it with a simple garnish of a slice of cucumber. And you're all set.
Do you love a gimlet or do you find them too much liquor? The Rose's lime juice really helps to make them more drinkable in my opinion. This Cucumber Gimlet is simple to make and smells amazing!
I'm not really a fan of the classic martini because 1) it's straight alcohol and 2) it's not quite sweet enough. But this vodka gimlet with cucumber is just right!
So if you don't have a few days to make your own cucumber vodka, just pick up a bottle of store-bought. The only flavored vodka that I've ever liked is the Cucumber Vodka from Skinny Girl but I'm not sure they make it anymore.
You can also use plain vodka. In this case, you would want to muddle a few extra slices of cucumber. It won't give you as bold a cucumber flavor but it will still be delicious.
You can also blend up cucumbers in a blender before adding as I do in my Cucumber Marg recipe. It's a great way to pack in that flavor!
You can also add other flavors to this drink. Get creative! Use fresh herbs or basil simple syrup.
You can also use flavored bitters (lavender bitters are my fave!) to add more layers.
Frequently Asked Questions
A Gimlet is a cocktail traditionally made with gin and lime juice. But it can also be made with vodka which is how I like them. It's typically 2 parts alcohol of choice to one part fresh lime juice but it can sometimes also have a splash of soda. And sometimes simple syrup.
To make a gimlet, you shake it in a cocktail shaker with ice. The rule of thumb is that if there is citrus in a drink, you shake it. If no citrus, you stir the ingredients in a glass with ice. I'll be super honest with you - most of us novice drinkers won't be able to tell the difference. So do what feels right to you.
More easy cucumber recipes
- Nonalcoholic Cucumber Basil Soda (that you could totally add vodka too...just saying)
- Cucumber Basil Vodka Cocktail (this is a gimlet before I knew to call it a gimlet)
- Cucumber Cooler with Gin from Minimalist Baker
- Mint Cucumber Vodka Cocktail
- Cucumber Cointreau Spritz
- Prickly Pear Tequila Cocktail with Cucumber
More easy cocktail recipes
- If you like gin and tea, this is a recipe you need to check out!
- A Blood Orange Martini is pretty and delightfully easy to drink.
- You need to try this simple Lavender Gimlet recipe!
Cucumber Gimlet Recipe with Vodka
- 2 oz. Cucumber Vodka (DIY or Skinny Girl Cucumber Vodka)
- 1 tablespoon Rose's Lime Juice
- 1 wedge fresh lime
- 2 slices cucumber
- In a shaker, add the cucumber slices and a wedge of fresh lime.
- Muddle the cucumber and lime juice.
- Add ice.
- Add vodka and Rose's lime juice and shake well.
- Strain into a glass.
- Garnish with cucumber.