This cucumber mint mocktail is deliciously light and refreshing, and perfect for summer drinks! It uses minimal ingredients and comes together in just ten minutes.
If you can't drink alcohol, or just fancy something a little lighter (with no hangover!!), then mocktails are such a perfect choice for summer BBQs or holiday get-togethers. This flavourful drink joins my blueberry mocktail and peach mocktail as fruity choices, as well as my flavourful elderflower fizz mocktail for something a little different.
This cucumber mocktail takes a staple vegetable (technically a fruit!), and combines with floral elderflower cordial and fragrant mint for a fresh non-alcoholic drink that feels like such a treat. Super easy to make, and so delicious!
Why this recipe is so good
Fresh and light. Particularly perfect for summer, cucumber is so refreshing and the mint adds such a fragrant flavour.
Minimal ingredients. Just a few to make this mocktail, and all are shopping list staples in my home!
Quick and easy to make. There is no cook time, just a bit of a blend and straining through a sieve and the drink is done!
Find all the ingredients in the recipe card below, along with their quantities.
Some notes to guide you:
- Cucumber - you want half a regular sized cucumber, definitely not mini cucumbers!
- Elderflower cordial - check ingredients if you aren't able to tolerate citrus as some brands contain it as an added ingredient.
- Mint - definitely fresh leaves not dried!
- Sparkling water - I suggest a plain, unflavoured water or club soda.
Swaps and variations
Swap mint for basil. Both are equally fragrant and delicious with cucumber.
Add ginger. For a little hint of spice you can add a small piece of ginger to the blender along with the cucumber and mint.
Add lemon juice or lime juice. For more of a cucumber mojito mocktail you can add a squeeze of citrus. This is likely not suitable for my low histamine readers.
Blender - to blend the cucumber to a pulp or puree. I use a Nutribullet, which is so easy for small amounts like this.
Sieve or strainer - you can use either a regular sieve over a bowl or a smaller strainer that you place over your glasses.
Step by step instructions
Just a few steps to make this cucumber cooler mocktail, and all are simple to do:
Peel the cucumber, and remove the end (image 1). If you wish, reserve a piece of the peel and thread onto a toothpick for garnish. Chop into rough pieces.
Blend the cucumber along with the mint leaves and elderflower cordial in a blender (image 2).
Pour the cucumber puree into a sieve over a bowl (unless you are using a strainer straight into your glasses) (image 3).
Help push the puree through the sieve using the back of a wooden spoon, if needed (image 4). Discard the puree left in the sieve.
Evenly divide the cucumber liquid into your glasses. Add ice, then pour on sparkling water. Garnish with mint to preference, then serve immediately and enjoy!
Recipe tips and notes
- Peel the cucumber! Don't skip this step, as the skin is far too tough and isn't too flavourful either.
- Adjust the amount of mint to preference. Add a few more mint leaves for extra minty taste.
- Add sweetness. If you have a sweet tooth you may like to add a touch more elderflower cordial or a teaspoon of maple syrup to the blender.
Frequently asked questions
Mocktails typically combine fruit or a vegetable with a sweetener and a sparkling fruit juice, water or club soda.
There are many non-fruit mocktail options such as a cucumber mocktail (although cucumber is technically a fruit) or an elderflower fizz mocktail.
The cucumber needs to be peeled to make a mocktail, but you do not need to remove the seeds.
As they do not contain alcohol, most mocktails are suitable for children.
More mocktails to make at home
Cucumber mint mocktail
- ½ cucumber peeled, roughly diced
- 2 tablespoon elderflower cordial
- 4 mint leaves
- sparkling water
- mint leaves
- Peel the cucumber, reserving a little of the peel to use as a garnish if you wish. Chop the cucumber into large pieces.
- Add the cucumber pieces, mint leaves and elderflower cordial to a blender. Blend to a puree.
- Strain the mixture using a cocktail strainer into your glasses, or alternatively place a fine mesh sieve over a bowl and strain the mixture that way. Discard the pulp in the sieve and pour the cucumber liquid evenly into your glasses.
- Top with ice, then pour on sparkling water. Garnish with fresh mint leaves to preference, and serve immediately.
- Don't skip peeling the cucumber! The peel will not work in the drink as it is too tough and won't have that fresh taste.
- Adjust the amount of mint to taste.
- Use an unflavoured sparkling water or club soda rather than a flavoured or heavily mineralised water.
- elderflower cordial scores 0. However, you may wish to check the label for any other ingredients added that are not suitable for you.
- Sparkling water is not rated.