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Cucumber-Mint Lemonade

Courtesy Brad Goocher, Le Farfalle, Charleston, South Carolina

Sure, you could make this drink with store-bought lemonade, but fresh lemon juice adds acidity, flavor and citrusy aroma, so it wouldn’t be quite the same. In true Southern style, Brad Goocher suggests making this drink in a Mason jar, which seals for shaking and can double as a cocktail glass. But if a gleaming silver cocktail shaker and classic rocks glass is more your style, there’s nothing wrong with that, either.


3 slices cucumber, plus 1 slice for garnish
5 or 6 mint leaves, plus 1 leaf for garnish
1½ ounces lemon juice
1 ounce simple syrup


In a cocktail shaker or sealable container, use a muddler or spoon to press the mint and cucumbers. Add remaining ingredients (except garnish), 1 ounce of water and ice. Shake well, and strain into a rocks glass, over fresh ice. To garnish, pierce a cucumber slice with the stem of a mint sprig and place atop the drink.

Punch It Up

Add 1½ ounces vodka or Bourbon.

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