How about kicking off the Memorial Day weekend festivities with a Rum Cucumber Cooler? A summertime cocktail made with fresh cucumber juice, a tasty ginger lime simple syrup and white rum. Refreshing and delicious!
Like most tropical drinks, my rum drinks are typically fruity and on the sweeter side. Sometimes they even include an umbrella! I wanted to try something a little less sweet and more refreshing. And since I’m really into cucumber drinks lately, I wanted to make a cocktail with fresh cucumber juice.
Cucumber juice is so easy to make, just peel a couple cucumbers, toss them into a blender and puree. I suppose you could use the puree, but I prefer to strain it to remove the pulp. You’re left with crisp, refreshing cucumber juice.
The ginger-lime simple syrup adds some tartness to the cocktail with the lime and a bit of spice from the ginger. It’s a really fantastic simple syrup that blends well with other rum/juice combinations too! I basically replaced the water in a standard simple syrup with lime juice and added a bunch of grated ginger, let it steep, then cool and strain.Print
Rum Cucumber Cooler
- 2 oz. white rum
- 1 oz. ginger lime syrup
- 2 oz. fresh cucumber juice (made from 2 cucumbers)
- top off with club soda
For the Ginger-Lime Simple Syrup
- 1 C. sugar
- 1 C. fresh lime juice
- 4 Tbls. grated ginger
- Make the syrup: In small saucepan, combine sugar, lime juice and grated ginger. Bring to a boil (be careful to not let it boil over), reduce heat and simmer a couple minutes. Remove from heat. Let cool. Strain and keep in refrigerator.
- Make cucumber juice: Peel two cucumbers and dice in large chunks. Put chunks in blender and blend until smooth. Strain puree over fine mesh strainer into bowl. Toss solids and reserve juice in jar in refrigerator.
- Make the cocktail: Add rum, ginger lime syrup and cucumber juice to a cocktail shaker with some ice. Shake well and pour in glass filled with crushed ice. Top with some club soda (use as much or as little club soda as you like. I used about 2 ounces).
Store left over ginger lime syrup in refrigerator. Use in more cocktails or try it in iced tea! You could also cut the amount of ingredients in half to make less syrup if you want.
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Disclosure: Blue Chair Bay Rum sent me a bottle of their White Rum to sample. Opinions are my own. You can find out more about Blue Chair Bay Rum on their Facebook page.