Kentucky Derby Inspired Cucumber, Mint & Gin Cocktail

Today is the Kentucky Derby and the festivities have begun! But what if you’re not a fan of the traditional Mint Julep?

I am not a big fan myself, however I do really enjoy Mint! This Cucumber / Mint / Gin cocktail is refreshing and a good remix for a Derby day cocktail!



  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Fresh lime juice
  • Sparkling water (Plain or Lime flavor)
  • 1 oz Mint syrup*
  • Thinly sliced cucumber
  • Sliced limes


Prepare the Mint Syrup. A good shortcut is to heat 1 C water, 1-2 TBSP sugar or stevia, bunch of torn mint leaves together in microwave safe glass for 1 minute. Let set to steep for 3-5 minutes.

In a serving glass, combine gin, fresh lime juice, mint syrup and sparkling water to taste. (Juice from 1 lime should provide enough for two glasses.)

Add ice and garnish with cucumber, mint leaves and / or lime slices.

All that’s left is to enjoy and hope your horse wins!

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