5 Cucumber Cocktails to Try Right Now in NYC

When the sun’s rays start to shine a bit brighter, many of us will be yearning to get outside, and the perfect pairing is one of New York's new wave of cucumber cocktails. For the best of NYC mixology, check out our lineup of innovative drinks all made with this refreshing garden veggie. These cocktail creations hail from some of New York’s most acclaimed bartenders and are affiliated with some topnotch drinking spots that won’t disappoint.

Arlo Collins at Arlo Hotel

Arlo Collins

When Hendricks Gin mingles with a splash of lime, refreshing cucumber juice, some club soda, and thyme syrup, the result is the Arlo Collins, which also features a few daring dashes of a black pepper tincture. The cocktail, available at Soho’s snappy Arlo Lobby Bar, is garnished with a sprig of thyme and a fun cucumber wheel. 231 Hudson St., 646-518-8882,

Sirocco Cocktail at Dante

This charming establishment, which traces its history back to 1915, was named one of the world's leading nightspots by “The World’s 50 Best Bars” (FYI, the esteemed list provides an annual ranking of bars, which all received votes and accolades by more than 500 drink experts across the globe). While taking in all Dante has to offer, sip on a Sirocco cocktail, which was created by beverage talent Naren Young. It boasts Fonseca white port, a few dashes of cucumber bitters, and some Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic, along with a cucumber ribbon—a thinly sliced piece of cucumber used as garnish. 79-81 MacDougal St., 212-982-5275,

Maid to Order at The Happiest Hour

Maid to Order

Whimsical cocktail bar The Happiest Hour is a top destination for a retro-inspired spring fling. Its interior is adorned with cartoon palm trees, which evoke the vibe of the Californian and Floridian resorts of yesteryear. Its cocktail philosophy, “You pick ‘em, we pour ‘em” inspires a wild lineup of drinks. Master mixologist Jim Kearns is the visionary behind the Maid To Order, which boasts the guest’s choice of gin, rum, or tequila along with splashes of cucumber juice, lime juice, and more. This refreshing elixir is shaken, served over ice, and garnished with a slice of cucumber and some mint. 121 W. 10thSt., 212-243-2827,

No Big Whoop at the Hunky Dory

Brooklyn’s Hunky Dory celebrates food, friends, and cocktails. Mixologist Claire Sprouse is serving up the No Big Whoop, which marries Laird’s apple brandy with citrusy lemon juice, cucumber seed puree, and some amontillado sherry. The interesting concoction is topped off with a splash of red wine. This springtime cocktail is served in a Hurricane glass and garnished with festive lemon curls. 747 Franklin Ave., Brooklyn, 516-418-2063,

Smokin' Maid at Tijuana Picnic

Smoking Maid

Cocktail innovator Jim Kearns is also the power behind Tijuana Picnic’s Smokin’ Maid—a fusion of mezcal, jalapeño tequila, cucumber juice, and agave syrup. Lime and mint polish off the Maid's ingredient list. After being shaken and stirred, this springtime refresher is served in a swanky highball glass and further garnished with mint spring and a cucumber slice. For extra appeal and a festive touch, a bit of salt and a dash of pepper line half of the rim. 151 Essex St., 212-219-2000,

About the Author

Regina Molaro is a freelancer writer whose work spans from luxury to fashion, art, lifestyle, and beauty. Her work has appeared in Modern Luxury Hawai‘i, as well as Bespoke Magazine and In Season—the in-house magazines at the St. Regis and Mandarin Oriental New York.

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