Easy Cucumber Basil Vodka Smash Cocktail Recipe

Made with fresh cucumber, basil, Limoncello, and vodka. This refreshing and delicious vodka smash recipe is a perfect cocktail for summertime.

On those hot summer days, making a revitalizing adult beverage just seems to make sense! Today I’m sharing how to make this quick and easy adult beverage.

Ordinarily, at this time of the season, my sweet husband and I try to slow life down. Even if it is for a little bit. With both of us still working and not retired, I find it is important to enjoy the days of summer. They seem to pass all too quickly.

One way for us to do that is to head to our porch and rocking chairs after supper each night.

Many times while we sip out of our low ball glasses we find ourselves planning outings, or just being thankful for what we share and have with each other.

I’ll often add a side bowl of fresh strawberries, goat cheese, and a few crackers as an after-dinner snack just to linger a little bit longer. I hope to encourage you to do the same. Take the time. Enjoy the small moments.

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What is vodka smash?

Originally, the term ‘smash’ dates back to the mid-1800’s. Smash means in the form of juice or fruit as done with a muddler. A smash cocktail typically has sugar, mint, spirits, and extra fruit as a garnish or juice.

What is a muddler used for?

Similar to a mortar and pestle, a muddler is a bartending tool used to mash or smash ingredients for a cocktail. Moreover, mint leaves will be muddled for making a mojito during the warmer cocktail season.

Ingredients you will need

  • Cucumber
  • Basil leaves
  • Ice
  • Vodka
  • Limoncello
  • Sugar
  • Club Soda or San pellegrino
  • (optional sprig of mint, or lime)
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How to make cucumber basil smash?

First, using a muddler in a cocktail shaker, smash the cucumber, sugar, and basil leaves gently. Muddling should break down the juices of the basil and cucumber slices. Next, fill the cocktail shaker with ice.

Next, pour 2 ounces vodka and then 2 ounces of limoncello over ice cubes according to measurements. (For my families Limoncello recipe click here)

Finally, shake or stir and then strain and pour into an old fashioned glass. Top with club soda, tonic water, or San Pellegrino. Serves one.

Alternative options

  • A lime slice or mint sprig maybe be used as a garnish.
  • Alcohol, club soda, or San Pellegrino may be adjusted to your liking
  • For a non-alcoholic beverage, replace the vodka with club soda, and the limoncello with lemonade.
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Cucumber Basil Vodka Smash Recipe

muddler with three glasses, basil and shot glass of limoncello to make a cocktail on a table

Easy Cucumber Basil Vodka Smash Cocktail Recipe

Made with fresh cucumber, basil, Limoncello, and vodka.  This refreshing and delicious beverage is the perfect cocktail for summertime. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 people

Ingredients
  

  • 3 Cucumber slices
  • 5 – 8 Basil leaves
  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 2 oz Limoncello
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • Pour over ice and top with club soda, tonic water or San Pellegrino
  • Garnish with basil leaf or cucumber slice

Instructions
 

  • Using a muddler in a cocktail shaker, smash the cucumber, sugar, and basil leaves gently. Muddling should break down the juices of the basil and cucumber slices.
  • Next, fill the cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Next, pour 2 ounces vodka and then 2 ounces of limoncello over ice cubes according to measurements.
  • Finally, shake or stir and then strain and pour into an old fashioned glass. Top with club soda, tonic water, or San Pellegrino. (As an option: lime slice or mint sprig maybe be used as a garnish. Serves one.

Notes

Makes one beverage. May easily be multiplied. 
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I hope you enjoy this delicious cocktail. What’s more, it’s sure to get a 5 star rating, especially on a hot summer night!

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Lastly, thank you so much for following along. If you try this cucumber smash recipe out, I’d love to hear how you enjoyed it. Please come back and leave a comment below! Thank you.

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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    How did you know that cucumber cocktails are my favorite? I have pinned it for reference. I can’t wait to try it.

    1. I hope you like it! I didn’t know you liked cucumber cocktails! 🙂

  2. I can’t wait to make this cocktail!! Looks delicious and very pretty, too!

    1. It is very refreshing. I love adding the San Pellegrino to it.

  3. Sounds good Susan, do you know if you can you leave out the vodka and it will taste the same? Thank you for sharing your recipe.

    1. Per your taste, possbile try the San Pellegrino or club soda rather than the extra vodka. If you prefer Gin may be used also.

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