Cucumber-Lemon-Mint Vodka Fizz. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Cucumber-Lemon-Mint Vodka Fizz. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend

Forget about standing there at your next backyard party mixing one individual cocktail after another and never getting to enjoy your own! This is one of those awesome make-it-ahead, throw-it-together drinks that practically serves itself.

This sparkling fizzy drink infuses cucumber and mint in a mixture of vodka and lemon simple syrup. And all you have to do is set out a bottle of sparkling water and an ice bucket and let your guests help themselves. But beware! This fresh summery drink goes down very easy. (You might want to make a double batch!)

A note on sweetness: To me, this isn’t sweet, but if you like, just add half of the lemon syrup, mix everything together and then adjust as you like with a little more. Or if you want it to be sweeter, double the simple syrup and add it to taste.

Ingredients for Cucumber-Lemon-Mint Vodka Fizz. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Ingredients for Cucumber-Lemon-Mint Vodka Fizz. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend

Cocktail Recipe: Cucumber-Lemon-Mint Vodka Fizz

Serves 8–10


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Zest and juice of 1 large lemon
  • 1 English cucumber, sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, crushed
  • 1 750-ml bottle your favorite vodka (not flavored), such as Hangar One (or whatever you have in your bar at the moment)
  • Ice
  • Sparkling water

  1. In a saucepan, stir together the sugar, lemon zest and juice, and 1/4 cup water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool completely. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into an airtight container, then refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.
  2. In a large pitcher, stir together the chilled lemon simple syrup, the cucumber slices, mint leaves, and vodka. Let sit for about 1 hour for the flavors to meld. When ready to serve, add enough ice to fill the pitcher.
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  4. Fill cocktail glasses with some ice. Add enough vodka mixture to fill the glass about halfway. Top with sparkling water and serve.
Enjoy the Cucumber-Lemon-Mint Vodka Fizz cocktails. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Enjoy the Cucumber-Lemon-Mint Vodka Fizz cocktails. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Summer in a Cocktail: Cucumber-Lemon-Mint Vodka Fizz 16 June,2015Kim Laidlaw


Kim Laidlaw

Kim Laidlaw is a cookbook author, editor, food writer, producer, project manager, and baker who has been in the kitchen covered in flour since she was big enough to stir the biscuit dough. She has over 16 years of experience in book and online publishing, and a lifetime of experience in the kitchen.

Her first cookbook, Home Baked Comfort, was published in 2011; her second cookbook, Baby & Toddler On the Go, was published in April 2013; and her third cookbook, Williams-Sonoma Dessert of the Day, was published in October 2013.

She was the first blogger on KQED’s Bay Area Bites blog, which launched in 2005, and previously worked as a professional baker at La Farine French Bakery in Oakland, CA. She lives in Petaluma with her husband and their child, whom she cooks for everyday. Find out more at


Wendy Goodfriend

I am the Senior Interactive Producer for KQED Food. I have designed and produced food-related websites and blogs for KQED including Bay Area Bites; Check, Please! Bay Area;  Taste This; Jacques Pepin’s websites; Weir Cooking in the City and KQED Food. When I am not creating and managing food websites I am taking photos and video of Bay Area Life and designing online navigation systems. My professional education and training includes: clinical psychology, photography, commercial cooking, web design, information architecture and UX. You can find me engaged in social media on Twitter @bayareabites and on Facebook at Bay Area Bites. I can also be found photoblogging at look2remember.

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