For some reason, with the warm weather also comes a plethora of sweet cocktails. But if you like your drinks dry — which is to say, the opposite of sweet — then you're going to love my new must-have mixer behind the bar, not to mention this sparkling cucumber cocktail.
I recently discovered Dry Soda when grocery shopping and was intrigued by the low calories. I'm not huge on diet substitutes but there was no weird sugar substitute in the ingredients — just pure cane sugar. I figured I could do with skipping some calories, and in general, I like my drinks on the dry side anyway. It seemed like a win-win to me.
While I'm not a soda drinker, I do like the bubbles. The cloying sweetness of some sodas can kill a cocktail, and I find diet sodas leave an unpleasant aftertaste. I love the idea of a gin and tonic, but even that simple cocktail can be a little sweet for me.
I decided to try the Dry Cucumber Soda with gin and a squeeze of lime, which resulted in my cucumber cooler cocktail. It showcases fresh cucumber and mint and delivers a crisp cool sip without all the sugar. Serve alongside some raita and pita for a refreshing happy hour in under 10 minutes.
Dry Cucumber Cooler Cocktail
wedges of lime
can of Dry Cucumber Soda or other cucumber soda
cucumber slices, sliced from the cucumber lengthwise and as thin as possible
2 to 4
fresh mint leaves
In two tall glasses filled with ice, combine the gin, cucumber soda and cucumber slices. Squeeze a wedge of lime into each glass and stir. Bruise a mint leaf or two and drop into each glass.
If you can't find cucumber soda, you can use a cucumber gin like Hendricks, club soda, and increase your cucumber peels to 3 per glass.