You’ll be sittin’ cool as a cucumber with this refreshing Cucumber Mojito! This fun riff on a classic mojito is the ultimate thirst-quenching cocktail of summer, with the cooling flavors of mint and cucumber, plus bubbly club soda!
Refreshing Cucumber Mojito Recipe
Our forecast here in Minnesota for Labor Day Weekend is a HOT one. But I’m sittin’ cool as a cucumber with this refreshing Cucumber Mojito!
When the temps climb into the upper 90’s, my brain kicks into serious cool-down mode for our menu. Think watermelon salsa and cucumber salad for eats, and blueberry lemonade and watermelon margaritas for drinks on the backyard patio.
And this fun riff on a classic mojito fits right in with its cooling mint and cucumber!
The fresh cucumber and mint flavors come through beautifully in this easy cocktail, with a simple muddling in the glass – just like my spicy cucumber margarita. The drink has hint of sweetness and it’s finished with bubbly club soda for an extra pop of refreshment.
We first enjoyed this beautiful cocktail last year on Labor Day Weekend, with friends on our patio. It was a definite hit. I’ve even included directions for how to make a pitcher of this drink. So now you have no excuse >>> invite some friends over and enjoy a pitcher of cucumber mojitos!
Why You’ll Love This Cucumber Mint Mojito
A mojito is a classic drink, known for its refreshing qualities. Here’s why you’ll love it when it’s made with cucumber:
- Cool and fresh. Mint plus cucumber is a winning combination, where mellow cucumber takes on lively mint. Both are refreshing, and they love to be included in a cocktail glass together!
- Bubbly! Club soda offers another refreshing element to this drink. Its bubbles add a fun, lightened-up vibe, plus it extends the drink so it’s less boozy. I love that I can enjoy this drink in a tall glass, filled with ice – and still feel like I can have a second one!
- Easy to make. To extract these simple, fresh flavors, simply muddle the cucumber and mint right in the glass.
- Great for entertaining. If you’re planning a little party, this is a great big-batch cocktail choice. The recipe card includes ingredient quantities and instructions for making a pitcher of this mojito. So all you have to do is mix it up earlier in the day, then let the pitcher chill in the fridge until your guests arrive!
- Easy to adapt. Get inspired to play around with this cucumber mojito recipe by checking out more mojito recipes below!
What You’ll Need
- Mint – Fresh mint is a non-negotiable in a mojito.
- Cucumber – I use seedless English cucumber. If you use smaller Persian cucumbers, you might want to add an extra slice or two to your glass.
- Lime slice + lime juice – I muddle a slice of fresh lime with the cucumber and mint, to extract the oils from the peel, then add some juice as well.
- White rum – See below for other liquor options, if you’re not a fan of rum.
- Orange liqueur – I’m a fan of including Cointreau in cocktails, and it’s lovely in this cucumber mjito. Feel free to use your own favorite orange flavored liqueur.
- Simple syrup – To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk briskly until the sugar dissolves, then let cool before using.
- Club soda – For a bubbly finish to the drink. I always have some chillin’ in the fridge, for a variety of mocktails and cocktails.
- Garnishes – I like to include mint sprigs, cucumber slices, and lime slices. They are fresh and fun and pretty!!
If you love this cucumber mojito recipe, be sure to check out my other mojito recipes. Here’s some variations that I love:
- Classic Mojito. If you’d rather stick to the original, my classic mojito recipe covers all the bases on how to make this time-tested drink.
- Rhubarb Mojito. To make a gorgeous, pink mojito with fresh, tart rhubarb flavor, make a batch of rhubarb syrup. Then you’ll follow the directions in my rhubarb mojito recipe for a unique spin on a mojito.
- Tequila Mojito. A tequila mojito substitutes the rum for tequila, to give it more of a margarita vibe. You just know how much I’m loving that!
- Make it spicy. I adore a spicy cocktail, and this cucumber mojito works great! Just add a fresh jalapeno slice (or two or three!) to the glass when you’re muddling the cucumber, mint, and lime.
- Other fruity, minty cocktails. A bootleg cocktail is bright citrus awesomeness, where you can include any liquor that you personally like – or make it a mocktail. I include fresh mint in this fruity rosé sangria. And don’t forget about mint juleps – try a classic mint julep or a peach mint julep – or make a pitcher of pineapple mint julep sangria!
Also, riding the mojito theme, have you tried my mojito fruit salad yet? It’s SO GOOD! Everyone always loves this recipe!
How To Make A Cucumber Mojito
Like many classic cocktails, it’s easy to make a cucumber mojito. Here’s how to do it:
- Add fresh ingredients and alcohol to a tall glass. To a tall glass, add mint leaves, cucumber slices, lime slice, lime juice, rum, and orange liqueur.
- Muddle. Muddle everything together, crushing the mint, cucumber, and lime to release their fresh flavors.
- Add ice and club soda. Add ice to the glass, then top with club soda. Give the drink a quick stir to combine.
- Garnish. Garnish as desired, with lime and/or cucumber slices, plus a sprig of fresh mint. Enjoy immediately.
Tips For The Best Mojito
- Use the freshest ingredients. This drink includes three different fresh ingredients – cucumber, mint, and lime. So it only makes sense that, for the best drink possible, you’ll want to use very fresh ingredients.
- Use quality liquor. There’s no need for top-shelf rum, but I do recommend steering clear of the ultra cheap stuff.
- Chill the club soda. This drink isn’t shaken with ice, so to enjoy it super cold, be sure to chill your club soda prior to making this drink.
- Do a mocktail. If you’re skipping the alcohol, this is still a very good, super refreshing drink. Muddle all of the ingredients except the rum and orange liqueur, then add ice and top with club soda.
- Make a pitcher. It’s easy to make a big-batch pitcher of this drink – I even did the math for you! You’ll find everything you need to know in the recipe card.
- Make variations. If you don’t like rum, try this with gin or vodka. If you like a little kick, muddle in a slice of fresh jalapeno. For another layer of flavor and an alcohol punch, top your mojitos with sparkling wine instead of club soda.
What doesn’t go with a cucumber mojito?! You can serve this fun drink with so many things!
- Dips. Serve cucumber mojitos with homemade dips, like my guacamole, pico de gallo, and shrimp dip recipes.
- Appetizers. Try my grilled mini sweet peppers with goat cheese or margarita grilled shrimp or take your pick from my appetizer recipes!
- Salads. For a light meal on a hot summer’s night, serve salad and cucumber mojitos. My arugula beet salad or Italian chopped salad are nice options. And everyone always loves my grilled vegetable salad and Greek tortellini salad!
Can I Make A Pitcher Cucumber Mojito?
Yes, this is a great pitcher cocktail! You’ll just want to leave out the club soda (it’ll lose its bubbles as it sits) and add it to each individual glass when serving.
Scroll down to the recipe card below for exact ingredient quantities and instructions for making a pitcher of cucumber mojitos. Basically, you’ll muddle all the fresh ingredients and liquor in a pitcher and then place it in the fridge to chill. When ready to serve, just pour the mixture over ice-filled glasses and top with club soda.
SO EASY for entertaining!!!
- 8 large fresh mint leaves
- 4 slices fresh cucumber, about ⅛" thick (I use an English cucumber)
- 1 slice fresh lime, about ⅛" thick
- 2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 ounces white rum
- 1 ounce orange liqueur, such as Cointreau
- 1 ounce simple syrup (use more or less, to taste)
- 3 ounces chilled club soda
- mint sprigs, cucumber slices, and lime slices - optional garnish
- To a tall glass, add mint leaves, cucumber slices, lime slice, lime juice, rum, and orange liqueur. Muddle everything together, crushing the mint, cucumber, and lime to release their flavor.
- Add ice to the glass, then top with club soda. Give the drink a quick stir to combine.
- Garnish with lime and/or cucumber slices. Enjoy immediately.
Make it spicy: If you like drinks with a kick, add 1 or more slices of fresh jalapeno to the glass in the first step. Muddle with the other ingredients and proceed with the rest of the instructions.
Don't like rum? This drink is very good with gin! Vodka is another good choice.
Make a pitcher: Here's what you'll need to make a pitcher of cucumber mojito mix, enough for 6 drinks:
- 40 large fresh mint leaves
- 24 slices fresh cucumber, about ⅛" thick
- 6 slices fresh lime, about ⅛" thick
- 12 ounces of freshly squeezed lime juice
- 12 ounces white rum
- 6 ounces orange liqueur, such as Cointreau
- 6 ounces simple syrup (use more or less, to taste)
Muddle the ingredients in a pitcher and keep in the fridge until ready to use. To serve, pour mixture into 6 tall ice-filled glasses and top with 3 ounces of club soda each.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 564Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 43mgCarbohydrates: 75gFiber: 12gSugar: 42gProtein: 7g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Nutritionix. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your own favorite calculator.
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