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How to Make Cucumber Martinis

Karen Frazier
Cucumber martini

If you enjoy the refreshing taste of cucumber, then you can add it to a cocktail to make a delicious cucumber martini. The result is a dry martini-style cocktail that's the perfect refreshing sipper.

Basic Cucumber Martini Recipe

This recipe for a dry martini uses fresh cucumber both in the cocktail and as garnish. It makes one cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 4 cucumber slices
  • 3 ounces London dry gin
  • 1 bar spoon extra-dry vermouth
  • Ice
  • Thin cucumber slices and dill sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass.
  2. Put the cucumber in a mixing glass and muddle it.
  3. Add the gin, dry vermouth, and ice.
  4. Stir for 30 to 60 seconds.
  5. Strain into the chilled cocktail glass.
  6. Garnish with the thin cucumber slices and a dill sprig.

Cucumber Vodka Martini

This recipe also uses fresh cucumber along with cucumber flavored vodka for a dry martini. It makes one cocktail.

Cucumber vodka martini

Ingredients

  • 2 cucumber slices
  • 3 ounces cucumber flavored vodka
  • 1 bar spoon of extra-dry vermouth
  • Ice
  • Lemon twist for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass.
  2. In a mixing glass, muddle the cucumber slices.
  3. Add the vodka, vermouth, and ice.
  4. Stir for 30 to 60 seconds to chill.
  5. Strain into the chilled martini glass.
  6. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Cucumber Lemon Drop Martini

While a lemon drop isn't technically a martini, it has become widely accepted as such. Adding refreshing cucumber to the sweet and sour flavors of the lemon drop makes it the perfect summer sipper. It makes one cocktail.

Cucumber lemon drop

Ingredients

  • 3 cucumber slices
  • ¾ ounce simple syrup
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1½ ounces vodka
  • Ice
  • Cucumber slice for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the cucumber slices with the simple syrup.
  3. Add the lemon juice, vodka, and ice.
  4. Shake to chill.
  5. Strain into the chilled martini glass.
  6. Garnish with the cucumber slice.

Cucumber Cosmopolitan

The cosmopolitan is another cocktail that, while technically not a martini, has become accepted as a martini. Adding cucumber creates an extra dimension of flavor to this popular pink cocktail. It makes one cocktail.

Cucumber cosmopolitan martini

Ingredients

  • 3 cucumber slices
  • ¾ ounce triple sec or another orange liqueur
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • 1½ ounces vodka
  • Ice
  • Cucumber slice for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the cucumber slices with the triple sec.
  3. Add the lime juice, cranberry juice, vodka, and ice.
  4. Shake to chill.
  5. Strain into the chilled cocktail glass.
  6. Garnish with a cucumber slice.

Lemon-Basil Cucumber Martini

The delicate flavor of basil mixes well with lemon and cucumber in this refreshing and flavorful cocktail. It makes one drink.

Lemon basil cucumber martini

Ingredients

  • 10 basil leaves, torn
  • 3 cucumber slices
  • ¾ ounce simple syrup
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1½ ounces citrus-flavored vodka
  • Ice
  • Lemon or lime slice and whole basil leaf for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the basil and cucumber slices with the simple syrup.
  3. Add the lemon juice, vodka, and ice.
  4. Shake to chill.
  5. Strain into the chilled martini glass.
  6. Garnish with the fruit slice and a basil leaf.

A Refreshing Cucumber Martini

It's easy to add the refreshing flavors of cucumber to your favorite martini. Whether you prefer a bone dry martini or something a little sweeter, cucumber adds punch and flavor to your favorite cocktail.

How to Make Cucumber Martinis