Cucumber-Mint Infusion

This concoction is as refreshing as a spa drink and as fancy as a cocktail.


Makes eight drinks
Serving glass: Highball
Supplies: 8 bamboo skewers


  • 1 English cucumber, shaved lengthwise into long strips (use a mandoline or a vegetable peeler)
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 tsp. sugar or a splash of fruit juice
  • 8 sprigs fresh mint (reserve tops for a garnish)
  • Crushed ice
  • 32 oz. carbonated water


  1. Weave the cucumber strips onto bamboo skewers, and reserve as garnishes.
  2. Stir the water and sugar together in a pitcher, then add the remaining cucumber strips and the lower mint leaves. Allow the cucumber-mint water to infuse for at least an hour before serving.
  3. Pour the drink over crushed ice in a glass; fill halfway. Then top off with the carbonated water. Garnish with a cucumber skewer and a mint sprig.

(Alcohol options: Gin or vodka)

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