From margaritas to mojitos, nothing cools you down on a hot summer day like a chilled cocktail. The key is using fresh ingredients that reflect the season you’re in. In the summer, perhaps a paloma out of grapefruit juice for some citrusy fun? Or add some herbs to your cocktail shaker for a fresh and verdant drink. But if you’re really looking to beat the heat, try incorporating the coolest ingredient of all — cucumber. These 15 cocktail recipes are just the ticket when you want to escape the summer sun.

1. Cucumber Melon Gin Spritzers: Melon balls and homemade melon simple syrup bring balance to these refreshing spritzers. (via Spices in my DNA)

2. Watermelon-Cucumber Kombucha Coolers: Watermelon-cucumber infused kombucha is a perfect drink for hot days. Add silver tequila and soda water for a happy hour take. (via Feed Me Phoebe)

3. Cucumber Rosemary Gin and Tonic: In this drink, rosemary adds a piney freshness that melds seamlessly with the cucumber and juniper flavors of the gin. (via Vegetarian Department)

4. Cucumber Mint Fruit Cooler: Even if you don’t have a juicer, you can make this fruit-filled green drink. Just blend and strain a mix of cucumber, kiwi, grapes, and mint, then add a helping of ice cold vodka to give it a little kick. (via Yes to Yolks)

5. Blackberry Cucumber Gin Spritzers: Berries lend a dramatic color to this spritzer. To add on the wow-factor, spiralize (don’t slice) your cucumbers for garnish. (via Spices in my DNA)

6. Mediterranean Gimlet: A classic gimlet is made with lime juice and gin or vodka, but it’s a recipe that lends itself to plenty of experimentation. Add a dash of black pepper, some cilantro, and a few cucumber slices to give it a Mediterranean vibe. (via Garnish Blog)

7. Cucumber Mint Mojarita Cocktail: This citrusy, minty cocktail combines two classics to make an all-star drink. Best of all, it takes just five ingredients and five minutes to make. (via The Cheers Years)

8. Grapefruit Cucumber Gin Cocktail: Pair gin with grapefruit, rosemary, and cucumbers for a bracing-yet-balanced beverage. (via Pumpkin and Peanut Butter)

9. Mint, Basil, and Cucumber Gin and Tonics: Add some character to a plain old gin and tonic with a flavorful trio of basil, mint, and cucumber. (via The Pretty Blog)

10. Cucumber Jalapeño Margaritas: A little spice makes almost anything taste better, especially this drink that adds jalapeño for the perfect balance to the sweet-tart flavors in cucumber margaritas. (via Isabel Eats)

11. Matcha Cucumber Spritzerini: White wine spritzers are anything but boring after they get a makeover from matcha, cucumber juice, and lime. (via Cali Zona)

12. Boozy Green Elixir: Cucumber, lemon juice, mint, ginger, and lemongrass combine to make an elixir you’ll feel good about sipping — with or without the gin. (via My Diary of Us)

13. Cucumber Lemon French 75: The French 75 becomes warm-weather-worthy with the addition of cucumber and extra lemon juice. (via Pumpkin and Peanut Butter)

14. Pimm’s Cocktail Jug: Make a big batch of Pimm’s cup, the classic British cocktail that’s made with cucumber, fruit, and Pimm’s No. 1 liqueur, and serve it at your next garden party. (via Satori Design for Living)

15. Cucumber Ginger Coolers: Cucumber bitters are the secret ingredient in this zippy take on the Dark n’ Stormy. They add a vegetal freshness that helps lighten up the other bold ingredients in your glass.

(via Many Kitchens)

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