The Cucumber-some Brother

This was my response to my boyfriend’s brother’s request for “something refreshing”. With recent power outages and temperatures of over 100 degrees, something crisp, clean, and refreshing is definitely required. The problem is that so many mixers and even liqueurs are so sweet that it makes the drinks themselves heavy and quite the opposite of refreshing.

I used some homemade cucumber vodka in this drink, but there are cucumber-infused vodkas on the market if you choose not to infuse at home (Square One comes to mind). The use of a metal straw keeps this drink cold from the glass to your mouth.

Note: I made this drink, then made two more and combined, for a grand total of around three portions in the picture shown. The actual yield of this recipe is about a third of what you see.

The Cucumber-some Brother

By nicole Published: July 13, 2012

  • Yield: 1 cocktail
  • Prep: 5 mins

The ingredients in this drink keep it light and refreshing without venturing into the realm of heaviness imparted by sugar and syrups.



  1. Combine vodka, torn basil, and ginger syrup in a cocktail shaker and muddle.
  2. Add aloe vera and ice cubes, shake for 30 seconds.
  3. Pour into tall glass, top with club soda, and stir with straw.

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