This cucumber mojito recipe is a refreshing twist on the classic mojito cocktail. It’s everything you love about a mojito with an extra hint of fresh.
We’ve included a recipe for a single mojito cocktail as well as a mojito pitcher.
The first time I had had cucumber in a drink was when we made our infused vodkas. One of them was infused with cucumber and it was absolutely fantastic in a caesar cocktail. Debbie had a cucumber infused drink previously when her friend, Sherril, came back from London with a bottle of Pims and made some sort of drink that was infused with fruit and cucumber.
It was only a matter of time before we tried cucumber in a Mojito…
Mojitos always have a few specific ingredients. Without these, the cocktail would not be a mojito:
- club soda
- lime juice (freshly squeezed is the best)
- simple syrup or sugar
However, there can be many variations to the classic mojito ingredients above such as:
- cucumber (like we have done in this mojito recipe)
- raspberries, blackberries, strawberries or any other type of berry, but these three are the most common I think.
I think you get the picture…
Best Rum for Mojitos
You can use whatever rum you have on hand for mojitos. That said, not all rums are created equal. Also, should you use white rum or dark rum for your mojio?
Personally, I usually like a dark rum in my mojito, because I like the flavor more. However, for fruity variations of the mojito, I think a white rum lets the flavor of the fruit shine through better.
Here are a few of our favorite rums:
- Appletons White Jamaican Rum
- Mount Gay Silver Barbados Rum (this is also white) – Mount Gay also makes one of my favorite dark rums
- Hatian Rhum Barbancourt White
Not to say that you can’t use Bacardi white, but these rums above have much better flavor. In my opinion…
How to Make a Cucumber Mojito
Making a mojito is fairly straight forward. You just need to know a few steps and use a little elbow grease.
- add the rum, mint, and cucumber to a glass or cocktail shaker. Smash it up with a cocktail muddler. We love these nice tall highball glasses for mojitos!
- strain the rum into a new glass and add some more mint, the lime juice, and the simple syrup. Muddle briefly again.
- fill the glass with ice.
- top the mixture with club soda add a few slices of cucumber and garnish with a sprig of mint before serving.
Here’s the tip: you don’t have to strain out the muddled cucumber, but if you leave it, the cocktail becomes a bit pulpy and we preferred our cucumber mojito sans pulp!
How to Muddle a Mojito
The easiest way to muddle a mojito is with a muddler. That said, we have been known to get a little creative when one isn’t readily available.
Use a spoon or the back of a butter knife. Anything that you can get in that glass and crush the mint a bit.
Don’t over muddle the mint. It can get bitter when its crushed too hard.
Check out this funny post for do’s and don’ts of making a mojito!
Make it in a Pitcher
It’s a cinch to make a pitcher of these mojitos for easy serving when you have guests or if you just know you and your drinking partner are going to have a few!
Simply measure your rum first, then measure all your other ingredients based on how much rum you used. For example if you used 8 oz of rum (enough for 4 cocktails):
- 8 oz rum
- I would use about a half a cucumber cut in slices
- a big handful of mint
- 4 teaspoons of simple syrup (or more to taste)
- 4 teaspoons of lime juice (or more to taste)
Follow the same instructions for making 1 cucumber mojito, but don’t add ice and don’t add the soda. When you go to make your cocktail, fill a glass with ice, then add 3 oz of the mojito pitcher mix and fill up the rest of your glass with club soda.
You may have to slightly adjust the amount of mojito pitcher mix for each cocktail, but after the first cocktail is made, you will know exactly how much to add for the next. And the next. And the next…. 😉
Tools You Need
Other Mojito Recipes You Might Like:
- Champagne Grapefruit Pineapple Mojito
- Blood Orange Mojito
- Cucumber Mojito
- Pink Prosecco Raspberry Mojito
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- In a large glass or shaker, muddle the cucumber, a little mint and rum till the cucumber is broken up quite well. Strain into a glass.
- Add the rest of the mint, lime juice, and simple syrup to the glass and muddle briefly again.
- Fill the glass with ice and then top with club soda. Add some sliced cucumber to the cocktail glass and garnish with a sprig of mint. Serve...