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Cucumber Cooler

Picture this: A drink so fresh, it's like your gin went skinny-dipping in a garden pond. It's what happens when a spa water gets frisky with the liquor cabinet. Crisp, cool, and green enough to make you forget you're sipping booze.

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During the month of July, I'm excited to share with you the unique world of cruise ship cocktails. These delightful concoctions are more than just drinks; they're liquid souvenirs of unforgettable vacations. 

Last week we dived into what makes a cocktail a perfect cruise ship cocktail, so if you missed it go back and give it a listen. 

While the exact origins of the Cucumber Cooler are somewhat murky, this cocktail is a relatively modern creation that gained popularity in the early 2000s. It's part of a broader trend of incorporating fresh, garden-inspired ingredients into cocktails, which began in earnest during the craft cocktail renaissance of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

The Cucumber Cooler builds on the tradition of classic coolers—long, refreshing drinks designed to beat the heat. It combines the crisp, clean flavors of cucumber with the botanical notes of gin, creating a drink that's both sophisticated and refreshing.

The Cucumber Cooler is an ideal choice for a cruise ship cocktail for several reasons:

The Cucumber Cooler

Ingredients

Instructions

In a shaker, muddle 3-4 cucumber slices gently.
Add gin, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup to the shaker.
Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds.
Strain the mixture into a tall glass filled with ice.
Top with club soda.
Garnish with a cucumber slice and lime wheel.
Stir gently and serve.

The Cucumber Cooler embodies the spirit of a cruise vacation—fresh, relaxing, and a little bit indulgent. It's a cocktail that invites you to slow down, savor the moment, and enjoy the journey. Whether you're watching the sunset from the ship's deck or lounging by the pool, the Cucumber Cooler is your perfect companion for creating lasting vacation memories.

As always I am open to hear your take and your input. You can reach me at [email protected]

Brian Certain

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