Cucumber Mint Cooler is a refreshing summer beverage with a fantastic combination of cucumber and mint leaves. Make a big pitcher and keep sipping it all day (vegan, gluten-free).
About Cucumber Cooler
Cucumber Mint Cooler is a refreshing summer drink that has the goodness of cucumbers and fresh mint leaves. Sugar is added to the cooler to make it sweet, and lime juice and black salt add a tangy and salty taste.
This drink comes together in under 10 minutes, meaning no spending time in the kitchen in the scorching heat.
Cucumber Cooler is an excellent beverage for house parties, summer BBQs, or potlucks.
Double or triple the recipe and make it in a big pitcher for the crowd.
Add a splash of rum, tequila, gin, or vodka to make an adult version, fun right?
Here are some more summer drinks that will give you instant relief from the scorching heat
- Blueberry Mojito Cocktail
- Virgin Mojito
- Apple Iced Tea
- Watermelon Juice
- Mango Mojito
- Strawberry Basil Lemonade
- Activated Charcoal Lemonade
- Brown Sugar Lemonade
- Virgin Moscow Mule
Cucumber – The key ingredient of this drink is cucumber. I try to use English cucumber as it has very few seeds and is flavorful. But you can use any variety that is readily available to you.
Taste the cucumber before using it. Sometimes they are bitter and can ruin the taste of your cooler.
To make a new version, add other fruits like oranges, kiwis, and strawberries with cucumber.
Mint Leaves – Mint leaves add a refreshing taste to this drink. You can replace mint with basil or rosemary for a change in flavor.
Lime Juice – Freshly squeezed lime juice adds the much-needed tanginess to this cucumber mint cooler and tastes great with the combination of mint and cucumber.
Sugar – Sugar adds sweetness to this drink. For a healthy alternative, you can replace sugar with honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar. Sugar-free options like stevia or monk fruit also work fine.
You can also make this drink savory by replacing sugar with salt.
Black Salt – Balance out the flavors with some black salt.
I have used plain water to make this drink, but you can use club soda or sparkling water. Coconut water is also a great alternative.
How To Make Cucumber Cooler
Cut 3-4 very thin slices of a medium English cucumber for garnishing. I used a vegetable peeler and peeled along the length of the cucumber to get long thin slices. You can also use a sharp knife to cut the slices.
Tip – Keep the slices soaked in ice-cold water for 10-15 minutes. They will stiffen and look good as garnish.
Peel the remaining cucumber and cut it into small pieces. You will need 1 cup of peeled and cubed cucumbers. If the cucumber is small, chop another small one to make 1 cup of cubed cucumber.
Juice 2 limes to get 3 tablespoon of lime juice.
Make The Drink
Add 1 cup of cubed cucumber to a blender along with
- 3 tablespoon sugar
- 6-8 mint leaves
- 1 cup of water
Blend until smooth.
Pass the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer. Use a spoon or a spatula to press the pulp and get the maximum liquid. Discard the pulp.
- 3 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 teaspoon black salt
- 2 cups water
Add one or two thin slices of cucumber and 3-4 ice cubes to each glass. Pour the drink into the glasses. Garnish the cucumber cooler with a few lime rings and mint leaves. Serve immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions
It depends on you! I like to peel it to get a smooth cucumber mixture, but if you do not mind the dark green peel in your drinks, you can blend them without peeling too.
While chopping the cucumber, I always remove any large seeds (if any) and then chop them to make the juice. It gives a smooth texture to the cooler.
I always prefer to use freshly squeezed lime juice in my drinks. The taste of freshly squeezed lime juice is unmatched.
You can refrigerate this drink for up to a day in an airtight container.
If you are making cucumber cooler for a party, make the cucumber mint leaves mixture beforehand and store it in the fridge. Add lime juice, black salt, water, and ice cubes before serving.
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Refreshing Cucumber Mint Cooler Recipe
- 1-2 medium English cucumbers
- 3 tablespoons sugar (use honey, agave, or maple syrup for healthy alternatives.)
- 6-8 mint leaves
- 3 tablespoons lime juice (freshly squeezed is preferred)
- 1 teaspoon black salt
- ice cubes (as required)
- 3 cups chilled water (divided)
- lime rings and mint leaves for garnishing
- Cut 3-4 very thin slices of a medium English cucumber for garnishing. I used a vegetable peeler and peeled along the length of the cucumber to get thin long slices. You can also use a sharp knife to cut the slices.
- Tip – Keep the slices soaked in ice-cold water for 10-15 minutes. They will stiffen and look good as garnish.
- Peel the remaining cucumber and chop it into small pieces. We need 1 cup of peeled and cubed cucumbers. If the cucumber is small, chop another small one to make 1 cup of cubed cucumber.
- Add the cucumber to a blender along with sugar, mint leaves, and 1 cup of water.
- Blend until smooth.
- Pass the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer. Use a spoon or a spatula to press the pulp and get the maximum liquid out of it. Discard the pulp.
- Stir in lime juice, black salt, and the remaining 2 cups of water.
- Add one or two thin slices of cucumber and 3-4 ice cubes to each glass. Pour the drink into the glasses. Garnish the cucumber cooler with a few lime rings and mint leaves. Serve immediately.