Adding cucumber to a gin martini really amplifies the botanicals in the gin while adding a wonderful depth of flavor that really works with an ice cold drink.
Pro Tips For making Cucumber Martinis
- Hate gin? Use vodka!!
- You can add more cucumber juice to the drink and up the flavor/ decrease the strength of the cocktail by muddling in some more cucumber pieces.
- Try adding in a sprig of mint, lemongrass, or even ginger to up the herbal ante!
- This drink is also nice on the rocks.
- Shake or stir? It gets complicated but try both out and see which you prefer!
What Gin Should You Use?
I love Hendrick’s gin as it has some cucumber flavor in it already so adding the fresh stuff just works! That being said there are a TON of great brands and I tend to cycle through a few favorites. 209, Nolet’s, the list goes on. I like asking bartenders for their favorites and testing them out before investing in a bottle.
Some modifications for a sweeter drink
- Substitute the vermouth for simple syrup, honey, or agave nectar to sweeten the drink up.
- If you’re sweetening things up why not add a sprig of mint or basil for some more depth of flavor.
- A squeeze of lime juice will balance the sugar for a delicious drink.
Do You Shake or Stir Your Martini?
I like to stir my gin martinis. Not because shaking bruises the gin and creates a bitter flavor but because I think stirring better controls the amount of water that ends up in the drink. I end up shaking most of my other cocktails though so it’s definitely not a dealbreaker.
Steps to Make a Cucumber Martini
- Cut the cucumber into decently thin slices.
- Pour the vodka or gin into a glass along with the vermouth.
- Put the slices of cucumber in the glass with the vodka or gin and vermouth.
- To incorporate all that fresh cucumber flavor, muddle the cucumbers.
- Pour into a cocktail shaker and add ice. Stir and strain the drink into a coupe glass.
- Using a peeler, peel a thin slice of cucumber to use as a garnish.
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- 4 slices cucumber
- 3 oz gin 89mL, or vodka
- 1/2 oz dry vermouth 15mL
- cucumber for garnish
- Use a vegetable peeler to get a few thin slices of cucumber . Just run it down the side of the cucumber, discard the first slice or two, you don't want that much peel. Set aside for garnish.
- Cut remaining cucumber into 1/4 inch slices, you'll need 4-6 for the cocktail.
- Pour vermouth, gin (or vodka if preferred) in a cocktail shaker.
- Add slices of cucumber. Muddle the cucumbers.
- Add a handful of ice, stir well and strain into coupe or martini glass.
- Garnish with a thin slice of cucumber.