Cucumber Gin Cocktail

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This herb-infused rocks drink is fresh, cooling, and thirst-quenching, perfect for day drinking.


1 English hothouse cucumber

5 kaffir lime leaves or four 2-inch strips lime zest

2 teaspoons raw sugar

4 lemon wheels, divided

4 ounces gin

1 ounces fresh lime juice

Club soda (for serving)


Using a vegetable peeler, shave 4 long, thin ribbons from cucumber; set aside. Cut a 4″ piece from remaining cucumber and coarsely chop. Muddle with kaffir lime leaves, sugar, and 2 lemon slices in a cocktail shaker. Add gin and lime juice and fill shaker with ice. Cover and shake until outside of shaker is frosty, about 20 seconds. 

Strain into 2 ice-filled Collins glasses. Top off each with club soda. Gently stir to combine; garnish each with 2 reserved cucumber ribbons and remaining lemon slices.