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Mint Cucumber Vodka Cocktail with Lemonade Recipe


You are going to LOVE this Mint Cucumber Vodka Cocktail with Lemonade recipe! It’s a quick vodka drink that is perfect for sipping poolside or enjoying with friends on a warm summer night. This copy-cat Newport Lemonade Recipe from Wood Ranch BBQ and Grill is tasty, refreshing and ready in just minutes!

Copy cat Newport Lemonade cocktail recipe.
Let’s make this easy Cucumber Vodka Cocktail recipe!

The flavors in this Cucumber Vodka Cocktail are special. It’s crisp, clean, flavorful and refreshing.

Some mixed drinks are just made for summer and this one, with fresh cucumber, spiked lemonade and mint, is summer in a glass!

A cucumber cocktail recipe you’ll love

This Cucumber Lemonade cocktail is a delicious blend of muddled mint, cucumber and fresh lemon juice. Combined with vodka and sweetened with just a touch of simple syrup the flavor is delightful.

This is one of those vodka recipes that will leave you thinking, “why didn’t I make this sooner?” It’s not groundbreaking, but it’s special in its simplicity and refreshment.

You’ll be sipping on this refreshing muddled herb and citrus cocktail in under 5 minutes.

Related: Cucumber Margarita Recipe

If you don’t have a Wood Ranch restaurant near you, no worries! Now you can make one of their most popular cocktails (they call it Newport Lemonade) in your own home.

It’s an easy cucumber drink to make and share with friends (even if they’re not big cocktail drinkers!).

This cucumber cocktail with vodka has boozy spa-water vibes. Doesn’t that sound like something you need to try?


Ingredients on a counter to make a Mint Cucumber Lemonade vodka cocktail.
What you need to make this cucumber mint cocktail.

The ingredients are super straightforward. You just need some fresh lemon, cucumber and mint along with your favorite vodka and some simple syrup.

Essentially, you’re making your own flavored lemonade in the glass and spiking it with vodka.

See recipe card for quantities.


Woman adding cucumber slices to a cocktail shaker.

Step 1

Add the fresh cucumber slices, mint leaves and the fresh lemon juice to a cocktail shaker.

Woman using muddler in a cocktail shaker.

Step 2

Muddle it all together to release all that gorgeous flavor.

*How to muddle: Muddling is just bruising the herbs and/or fruit and vegetables to release their juices and oils. I’m sure there is a “proper” way to do it, but I just get in there and break it all up. It’s what gives this cucumber lemonade cocktail all its flavor!

If you don’t have a muddler you can use the handle of a long wooden spoon or even the round end of an ice cream scooper.

Woman adding vodka to a cocktail shaker.

Step 3

Add the vodka and the simple syrup.

Step 4

Add ice and shake well.

*I like to add the ice last so it has less time to start melting and dilute your drink.

Woman straining a cocktail into a short glass.

To serve

Strain into a cocktail glass with fresh ice.

I’ll be honest. I never pick the “right” glass for my cocktails. I’m not a trained bartender so I usually have a glass in mind. But as you strain the cocktail over fresh ice, sometimes you find that your glass is too big.

Or in this case, my glass was a smidge too small to fit all the cocktail from the shaker. But I love these little glasses (because they are perfect for tastings and wine pours) so what are you going to do, you know?

Woman adding a cucumber garnish to a short cocktail glass.

Garnish with a slice of cucumber and fresh mint. Or don’t! What I love about making cocktails at home is that you don’t have to follow the “rules”.

Garnish is great in pictures but sometimes it just gets in the way. It can be a nice finishing touch for company, but more often than not, I skip it.


While I love the trifecta of mint, cucumber and lemon in this cocktail, you can certainly make a few changes based on taste or what you happen to have on hand. Here are a few ideas:

  • Replace the fresh lemon juice with fresh lime juice.
  • Replace the mint with fresh basil. Basil has a bit of a peppery flavor but still blends well with cucumber and lemon.
  • Replace the cucumber (or add to it) with a few small slices of fresh ginger and muddle. You’ll get a warmer and spicier flavor.
  • Replace the vodka with gin.

Top Tips

  • Fresh lemon juice is key! Do not use store-bought or prepared lemonade. Fresh hits different.
  • I like to peel the cucumber before slicing. You want the crisp and fresh flavor of the inner cucumber, not any bitterness from the peel that can be released when bruised or crushed.
  • If you don’t love sweet cocktails, use less simple syrup to start. You can always add more until you get a balanced flavor that appeals to you.
  • Chill your glass. When serving this on super hot days, I like to chill my glass before making and enjoying this cocktail. It’s a little thing, but when I’m enjoying it outside, it’s a game-changer! You could also serve this in a copper Moscow Mule mug!
  • When working with fresh citrus, be sure and roll your lemon on your countertop before slicing and squeezing. You’ll definitely get more juice that way, which is handy if you’re making more than one at a time or if you’re going in for a refill, later.
  • Serve this vodka cucumber cocktail over ice cubes rather than crushed ice. Or even one big large ice block. The ice will melt more quickly and water it down and obscure all those refreshing flavors.

This is, by far, my favorite citrus squeezer! Read my favorite Bar Tools post to see what else I love.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this cocktail ahead of time?

Sadly, no. This particular cocktail is best when made at the time you are drinking it. But you can pre-juice your citrus and slice your cucumbers so you are a little ahead of the game.

What type of vodka do you recommend?

I like to use unflavored vodka that has a smooth finish. But you can try a flavored vodka for a slight variation. A citrus vodka makes a lot of sense but a vanilla vodka could also be really interesting.

Can I add club soda to this recipe?

Sure! If you’re desiring a more effervescent cocktail, add a splash. It’s also a great way to dilute a cocktail a bit if you are planning on day drinking in the sun.

Cocktail on a small tray with lemon, mint and cucumber slices.

This Mint Cucumber Lemonade with Vodka is light, crisp, herbal and takes less than 5 minutes to make. It’s definitely one of my favorite lemonade vodka drinks and on summer cocktail rotation list. Hope it’s on yours, too!

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Mint Cucumber Lemonade Cocktail

This Mint Cucumber Lemonade Cocktail with vodka is super refreshing and has the most amazing flavor! It's a copycat recipe of Newport Lemonade from Wood Ranch BBQ and is super easy to make at home. It's ready in just minutes and is sure to be your go-to summer cocktail!
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Course: cocktails
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Calories: 547kcal
Servings: 1 cocktail



  • To a cocktail shaker, add lemon juice, mint leaves and cucumber slices then muddle.
  • Add vodka and simple syrup.
  • Add ice and shake well.
  • Strain over fresh ice in a cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with a cucumber slice and fresh mint if desired.


  • Use fresh lemon juice, not store-bought or prepared lemonade. 
  • Peel the cucumber before slicing. The peel can be bitter.
  • Chill your glass for an extra refreshing cocktail.
  • Serve over larger ice cubes rather than crushed ice. 
  • If you don’t love sweet cocktails, use less simple syrup to start. You can always add more until you get a balanced flavor that appeals to you.


Serving: 1drink | Calories: 547kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 3369mg | Fiber: 17g | Sugar: 65g | Vitamin A: 1985IU | Vitamin C: 95mg | Calcium: 359mg | Iron: 7mg
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