Cucumber Collins Cocktail | If you're looking for a refreshing, bubbly cocktail to enjoy on a hot summer day, look no further than this delightful twist on the classic Collins. This drink is perfect for sipping on the patio or serving at a backyard barbecue. The combination of crisp cucumber and smooth vodka makes for a light and refreshing drink that's perfect for any occasion.
- What is a Cucumber Collins?
- How do you make a Cucumber Collins?
- Can I use flavored vodka?
- Can I make this cocktail without alcohol?
- Can I make this cocktail in a pitcher?
- How to garnish a Cucumber Collins
- Tips for making a Cucumber Collins
- What to serve with this refreshing cucumber drink
What is a Cucumber Collins?
A Cucumber Collins is a variation of the classic Tom Collins cocktail that incorporates the refreshing flavor of cucumbers. This Cucumber Collins cocktail recipe combines gin or vodka with fresh cucumber, lemon bubbly water, and lemonade to create a light and invigorating drink that's perfect for a sunny day or a casual gathering.
How do you make a Cucumber Collins?
To make a Cucumber Collins you add fresh cucumber to a glass with ice and add vodka (or gin), lemonade, and bubbly water.
Can I use flavored vodka?
Yes, try Effen Cucumber Vodka in this cocktail or a citrus flavored vodka.
Can I make this cocktail without alcohol?
Yes, you can omit the alcohol and add a bit more bubbly water or try a non-alcoholic Gin for a similar flavor profile.
Can I make this cocktail in a pitcher?
Yes you can pre-mix the vodka and lemonade with some cucumber slices to start their flavors mixing. When you're ready to make the drink start each glass with ice, add the vodka and lemonade mix, and then top it with bubbly water.
See the recipe card for exact amounts.
Add ice to a glass. Slide ribbons of cucumber into the glass and use the ice to help keep them pressed against the side.
Next, add the vodka. (Or you can use gin).
Pour in the lemonade.
Fill the glass with the lemon sparkling water and serve.
How to garnish a Cucumber Collins
You can garnish a Cucumber Collins in a number of ways or just leave it without a garnish. Try these garnishes:
Tips for making a Cucumber Collins
What to serve with this refreshing cucumber drink
Try my Raspberry Collins for a different take on this classic cocktail.
This cocktail is best served fresh but you can make a pitcher just beforehand, leaving out the carbonated water until serving. Garnishes can be cut ahead of time and stored in the fridge.
Yes, there are cucumber flavored vodkas for sale. Check your local liquor store for cucumber flavored vodka by Effen, Crop, Pearl, Square One, Rain, Blue Spirits, and Prairie.
Yes, cucumber adds a refreshing and crisp flavor to drinks and is often used in cocktails. Cucumber cocktails are especially good on hot summer days, when you want a refreshing and light beverage.
A Persian cucumber is smaller than an English cucumber, has thin skin, is not as watery, and has fewer seeds. They are sometimes labeled mini cucumbers, or Lebanese cucumbers.
Cucumber Vodka Cocktail
- 1 ½ oz. Vodka
- ½ cup lemonade (I use Calamansi Lemonade)
- sparkling lemon water (I use LaCroix, to fill)
- 1 Persian cucumber (sliced lengthwise)
- mint (optional, for garnish)
- Slice the cucumbers into long thin strips. Add ice to a glass and then press two cucumber ribbons along the side.
- Add the vodka, lemonade, and lemon bubbly water.
- Optional: Garnish with either a cocktail pick with cucumber and mint on it, cucumber slices, lemon slices, or wedges.
Nutritional information is an estimate. Values vary based on products used.
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