Cucumber Basil Mojito

I realize that cucumber season might already be done for some of you home gardeners. But, mine is still in full swing and I’m already stocked full on pickles. So, what’s a person to do with all those leftover cucumbers? Add them to cocktails, of course! To be a little more specific, I mean add them to this cucumber basil mojito (or one of the other tasty cucumber cocktails you can find on this site).

cucumber basil mojito

If you don’t happen to have cucumbers growing in your garden, don’t worry. Store bought ones work, too. And they are available year round so you can enjoy this cucumber basil mojito whenever your little heart desires.

cucumber basil mojito, cucumber cocktail

Instead of using simple syrup as you would in a regular mojito recipe, I decided to use honey syrup as the sweetener. Either one will work, I just like the different taste that honey provides in the drink. It also helps add a tiny bit of color to the glass, which helps with visual appeal.

cucumber basil mojito with white rum

Cucumber Basil Mojito
 
Enjoy the combination of cucumber and basil in this refreshing mojito recipe.
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 inch organic cucumber
  • 5 to 6 basil leaves
  • 2 ounces white rum (I used Flor de Cana 4 year extra dry rum)
  • 1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
  • ½ ounce honey syrup or simple syrup (1:1)
  • Soda water
  • 3 thin slices of cucumber for garnish
  • Small sprig of basil for garnish
Directions
  1. Place cucumber to a cocktail shaker and muddle.
  2. Add basil, white rum, lime juice and honey syrup and fill the shaker with ice.
  3. Shake and double strain into an ice filled highball glass.
  4. Top with soda water.
  5. Garnish with the cucumber slices and sprig of basil.

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Jessica Torres is the chief cocktail creator here at One Martini. Outside of the internet, she works at DEATH & TAXES (a bar) and midtown eats (a restaurant) in Reno, Nevada. When not working, Jessica can be found working out, spending time with her family or attempting to nap. Subscribe to our newsletter to get all of the latest cocktail creations delivered directly to your inbox.

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2 comments… add one
  • The Livengoods September 12, 2014, 9:20 am

    Have you tried this recipe with gin or blanco tequila? It sounds so good but we are not into white rum.

    Reply
    • Jessica Torres September 12, 2014, 9:35 am

      I haven’t tried it with any spirit other than white rum, although I imagine it would be fantastic with gin. We serve something similar at the restaurant I work at with cucumber, basil and Uncle Val’s Gin and it is delicious.

      Reply

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