Cucumber Lemonade Gin Punch

Cucumber Lemonade Gin Punch


Cucumber Lemonade Gin Punch (or CLGP, as I like to call it) is one of my favorite summer cocktails. On a warm day out on the porch, I just can’t imagine anything better. And because the cucumber lemonade is assembled before adding the gin, the base can be served without the booze for anyone not imbibing.

The cucumbers become a sort of fresh pickle in the lemonade and should be devoured, not discarded. It should go without saying that this delicious punch should be enjoyed responsibly.

This recipe first appeared on altonbrown.com.

Cucumber Lemonade Gin Punch

  • 4 whole lemons, halved
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 quart water
  • 255 to 283 grams (1 large) cucumber, trimmed and sliced into thin rounds on a mandoline
  • 24 fluid ounces gin
  • Ice cubes
  1. Juice the lemons into a large pot. Throw the rinds in there too.
  2. Add the sugar to the pot and muddle with the lemon rinds and juice for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add the water and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
  4. Strain into a 3-quart pitcher and add the cucumber. Steep for 1 hour.

For Punch

  1. Add 24 fluid ounces of gin and stir to combine. Serve over ice.

For a Single Cocktail

  1. Place 4 to 5 ice cubes in a rocks glass. Add 1 1/2 fluid ounces of gin and 2 1/2 fluid ounces of lemonade. Stir to combine and serve immediately!

Specialty hardware: mandoline

Yield: 16 cocktails

Active time: 10 minutes

Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes

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  1. 3
    Graham

    I love this recipe, i often add a few sprigs of mint lightly crushed to the mix and garnish with a sprig. I make it with the Kirkland gin (because it is good and cheap).

  2. 8
    Thirsty

    Do you apply any heat to the pan of water, sugar, lemon carcasses in order to get the sugar to dissolve faster, or just stir?

  3. 10
    Lori

    I would love to make this for the next upcoming game night I’m attending.

    How many servings does this recipe create?

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