Cucumber Mojito Cocktail

How about a refreshing Cucumber Mojito? Made with light rum, coconut sugar, soda water and freshly muddled cucumber, mint and lime, this is one cocktail you’ll enjoy kicking back with.

two cucumber mojitos in tall glasses with mint sprigs

Today marks the first day of summer! While I’m feeling a little down that Santa Barbara’s annual Summer Solstice festival, which would normally be happening today, has been cancelled due to obvious Covid-19 related reasons, I’ve decided to get creative and celebrate the start of summer a little differently, and a refreshing craft cocktail made with summer ingredients is first on my list.

Cucumber Mojito: your new official summer cocktail

I couldn’t think of a better one to make than a Cucumber Mojito. There is nothing quite like that classic combination of mint, lime and rum to hit the spot on a hot day, and the addition of freshly muddled cucumber takes this drink to an elevated “farm to bar” level. Plus it’s basically like drinking a green juice with alcohol, so…win.

a glass jar filled with cucumber slices, lime and mint and a wooden muddler

What you’ll need to make a Cucumber Mojito

  • cucumber
  • fresh mint leaves
  • lime
  • coconut sugar or granulated sugar
  • light rum- I recommend Flor de Cana (my favorite), Myers’s and Bacardi
  • soda water
cucumber mojito ingredients being muddled in a glass jar

How to muddle for mojitos

Muddling is a technique used in drinks to gently mash herbs or fruit to release their juices. This helps the flavors to bind with the alcohol better than simply using them whole. 

The easiest way to muddle a mojito is with a muddler. However, if you don’t own one, don’t fret: Use a spoon or even the end of a wooden spoon!

For this cucumber mojito, muddle well until the cucumber is macerated, the juice has been released from the lime wedges and the mint is just broken down.

cucumber mojito being poured into a glass

Variations

  • I prefer using coconut sugar in my mojitos because it’s a touch healthier than refined sugar, but you can easily swap regular granulated sugar or even brown sugar. Some people prefer to use simple syrup in mojitos and that would work here, too but it’s an extra step to make it and I find that the sugar dissolves easily anyway during the muddling process.
  • If you want to make a spicy version of this Cucumber Mojito, try adding a few slices of jalapeño while muddling the rest of the ingredients!
  • You can easily make a mocktail version of this mojito by omitting the rum and adding a little extra soda water.
a cucumber mojito on a pink coaster

More summer cocktails…

Peach Frosè
Fig Daiquiri
Clementine Mezcal Margarita
Rhubarb & Honey Pisco Sour
Tamarind Ginger Margarita

a pink glass straw being placed into a cucumber and mint cocktail

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Cucumber Mojito Cocktail

How about a refreshing Cucumber Mojito? Made with light rum, coconut sugar, soda water and freshly muddled cucumber, mint and lime, this is one cocktail you’ll enjoy kicking back with.

Course Drink, Drinks
Cuisine Latinamerican
Keyword beverage, cocktail, easy cocktail recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 170 kcal

Ingredients

For cocktail:

  • 6 slices cucumber
  • About 10 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon coconut sugar or granulated sugar
  • 1/2 lime quartered
  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 4 ounces club soda

For garnish:

  • 1 slice cucumber sliced lengthwise and thin enough to be pliable
  • Mint sprigs

Instructions

  1. Add cucumber, mint, coconut sugar and lime to a cocktail shaker, or mason jar. Muddle well until the cucumber is macerated, the mint is broken down and the juice has been released from the lime wedges.
  2. Add rum, cover tightly and shake vigorously to combine.
  3. Wrap a glass with a thin strip of cucumber if desired and fill with ice cubes. Strain cocktail into glass, top with soda and garnish with a fresh mint sprig.

Recipe Notes

Variations

  • I prefer using coconut sugar in my mojitos because it’s a touch healthier than refined sugar, but you can easily swap regular granulated sugar or even brown sugar. Some people prefer to use simple syrup in mojitos and that would work here, too but it’s an extra step to make it and I find that the sugar dissolves easily anyway during the muddling process.
  • If you want to make a spicy version of this Cucumber Mojito, try adding a few slices of jalapeño while muddling the rest of the ingredients!
  • You can easily make a mocktail version of this mojito by omitting the rum and adding a little extra soda water.

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Comments

  1. Kiki Johnson

    LOVE the freshness of cucumbers in cocktails! Oh, I would take this over the classic version anytime!

    Reply

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