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!
Fruity ice cubes
- 1 pint raspberries
- 1 pint blackberries
- 1/2 English cucumber, diced
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup orange juice
Mint Cooler Cocktail
- 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.