This mint cooler cocktail is dangerously delicious. You can't go wrong with the combination of the refreshing cucumber and mint with sweet berries.
Technique tip: Muddling the berries, cucumber and mint releases the oils from the herb and helps to marry the flavors.
Swap option: For a tropical twist, swap in tequila, pineapple and mango. To keep it family friendly, skip the booze and have a delicious mocktail!
- 1 pint raspberries
- 1 pint blackberries
- 1/2 English cucumber, diced
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 pint fresh raspberries, divided
- 1 pint fresh blackberries, divided
- 1/2 English cucumber, thinly sliced, divided
- 1 bunch mint, divided
- 1/2 750-milliliter bottle vodka or gin
- 20 ounces sparkling lime soda
For the fruity ice cubes:1.
Divide the berries and cucumber between 2 ice cube trays, filling each cube about 1/3 full.2.
Mix the water, orange juice and lime juice together. Add to the ice cube trays, filling the cubes 3/4 full.3.
Freeze the ice cubes until fully frozen, at least 4 hours.
For the cooler:1.
In a medium pitcher, combine half the raspberries, half the blackberries, half the cucumber slices and about 10-12 mint leaves. Using a muddler, straight rolling pin or wooden spoon, smash everything together until combined.2.
Add the booze and soda. Stir to combine.3.
Top the pitcher with half of the flavored ice cubes.4.
In a tall Collins-style glass, add 3-4 flavored ice cubes, a few berries and a couple of cucumber slices. Fill the glass with the cooler and garnish with a mint sprig.