The gin is the primary flavor in this cooling cucumber martini, so be sure to pick your favorite! Elderflower liqueur adds a floral note, while lime and simple syrup give this refreshing cocktail a balance of sweet and sour flavors., March 2022


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Recipe Summary

5 mins
5 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Add cucumber and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker; muddle with a muddler or back of a wooden spoon until broken up and some liquid has released. Add gin, elderflower liqueur and lime juice; fill the shaker with ice. Shake until the shaker is thoroughly frosted over, about 30 seconds.

  • Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a chilled martini glass. Gently drop in cucumber slices for garnish, if desired.


To make simple syrup, combine 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup granulated sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; cook, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool completely before using or refrigerating in an airtight container. Refrigerate simple syrup for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 6 months.

Nutrition Facts

1 cocktail
245 calories; carbohydrates 14g; sugars 13g; added sugar 7g; vitamin a iu 27IU; vitamin c 3mg; folate 5mg; vitamin k 2mg; sodium 2mg; calcium 5mg; magnesium 4mg; phosphorus 11mg; potassium 53mg.