Mixed Melon Cucumber Coolers

Our answer to the sweltering long weekend ahead right here.

These Mixed Melon Cucumber Coolers are incredibly refreshing and can be made into a cocktail or mocktail!

Hi! How are you all doing? Are you sweating it out in the heat like we are here in California or getting drenched by the record rains we’re having in other parts of the country? My thoughts are with all those affected by Hurricane Harvey and I pray that you find yourselves safe and dry very soon. I’m amazed by the outpouring of love and support I’ve seen for Texas coming in from all over the world, and it makes me happy to see that there can be such kindness and humanity in today’s otherwise crazy world.


Whether you’re doing your best to get in some sort of body of water (and out of the heat) or avoid any sort of water altogether because you’ve seen way too much of it this past week, these Mixed Melon Cucumber Coolers are for you. They’re refreshing and hydrating for those of us who need relief from the heat, and they’re healthy and uplifting for those of us who need a welcome respite from the rain and bad weather.

I talked the other week about how some of my OG flavor combinations (think your favorite Lip Smackers from when you were, like, eight) have been guiding recent mocktails I’ve created. First there was this Kiwi Coconut Cooler initially inspired by my one-time strawberry-kiwi obsession, and now we’re bringing back the cucumber-melon combo with these Mixed Melon Cucumber Coolers!

An overhead shot of super refreshing Mixed Melon Cucumber Coolers. Perfect for the end of summer!

I guess you could also say my recent mocktail creations have been guided by whatever fruits I can make fresh juice out of without a juicer, since at the moment we don’t have the luxury of enough space to fit a fancy juicer (or any other appliance, for that matter) in our tiny little kitchen. For that reason, easily puree-able fruits with minimal seeds have been my go-to in this time of non-alcoholic need 😛

To get started making these Mixed Melon Cucumber Coolers, you’ll first want to get a hold of some of the finest cantaloupe and seedless watermelon available. You won’t need the whole fruits to make the two servings this recipe yields, but I’m sure you’ll have no trouble finding a way to eat up any leftovers.

You’ll also want to track down some nice, crispy cucumbers. These add such a refreshing kick to the drink that if you close your eyes while you’re sipping you might just think you’re enjoying a relaxing spa day.

A Mixed Melon Cucumber Cooler is the perfect way to kick off a long, sunny weekend.

Simply toss these three ingredients together in a blender, along with a fresh squeeze of lime to give it some tang, and give it a nice whir to make your juice. It will turn out a little on the thicker side (like a purée), but have no fear because we’re going to top our mocktails off with a nice little splash of sparkling water. If you’re looking for even more flavor, you could even use a lightly flavored sparkling water such as La Croix or Spindrift. Creative license is yours!

And since we only add a touch of cucumber to the juice (compared to how much watermelon and cantaloupe we’re using) we add some fresh cucumber slices to our glasses to further enhance that spa-like flavor.

Mixed Melon Cucumber Coolers are hydrating and refreshing. Add some vodka or gin for an extra kick!

Oh, and I almost forgot. If you’re still on the booze train, add some gin or vodka to your Mixed Melon Cucumber Coolers to really knock it out of the park this weekend!

These Mixed Melon Cucumber Coolers are incredibly refreshing and can be made into a cocktail or mocktail!
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Mixed Melon Cucumber Coolers
Prep Time
10 mins
 

The perfect, refreshing warm weather mocktail - loads of fresh melon punctuated by a hint of cucumber. Add vodka or gin to make it boozy!

Course: Drinks
Servings: 2 drinks
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed cantaloupe
  • 3 inch piece of cucumber, peeled and cut into chunks, plus extra slices for garnish
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • Club soda
Instructions
  1. Combine watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumber and lime juice in a blender and pulse until a thick juice forms. 

  2. Fill two glasses with ice and divide the juice evenly among the two glasses. 

  3. Top each glass with sparkling water and slide a few extra cucumber slices down the inside of the glass for added flavor. Enjoy!

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St. Germain-Marinated Cucumber Mint Spritzers

We’re getting extra-boozy with our boozy drink this week.

St. Germain-Marinated Cucumber Mint Spritzer | CaliGirl Cooking

And boy, is it well-deserved. It’s been an emotional roller-coaster of a week for me (in a good way!) and I’m excited to share more of that with you soon, but for now, let’s talk cocktails.


Now, we all remember those days of our youth when we marinated our favorite fruit in our favorite booze to sneak alcohol into an event where it MAYBE wasn’t permitted. I’m just going out on a limb here, I mean, I never brought Malibu-marinated pineapple to an outdoor picnic or concert, did you? 😉 Well, now that we’re older (and oh so much wiser), it’s time to class it up a bit. Now we’re going to add our high-octane marinated fruit to an actual cocktail, and it’s going to be oh so delicious.

So let’s talk about this St. Germain-Marinated Cucumber Mint Spritzer. I can’t remember where I saw it, but there was an article or recipe somewhere about marinating the cucumber in St. Germain (which is an elderflower liqueur that just so happens to also be a delicious addition to sparkling wine), so I have to admit that wasn’t my “original” idea. Buuuut, I did as I usually do when I’m looking for recipe inspiration and started thinking of ways I could morph the idea into my own. Naturally my mind turned to making a cocktail with it!

Cucumber is just naturally so refreshing, and pairs well with other refreshing ingredients, and with these heat waves we’ve been getting rolling through Southern California, we need all of the refreshing cocktails we can get! Amiright?

St. Germain-Marinated Cucumber Mint Spritzer | CaliGirl Cooking

So here’s how we make a St. Germain-Marinated Cucumber Mint Spritzer:

  1. We gather our cucumbers (I used Persian, because they’re soooo cute) and the St. Germain at least 30 minutes before we want our cocktails in hand, and get the two marinating together in all their glory. (I started marinating a day in advance, but just because that’s worked best in my schedule, no harm there either!)
  2. Once our cucumbers are soaked in the delicious St. Germain, we muddle them in the bottom of a rocks glass with a few fresh mint leaves and some vodka, plus a tiny bit more St. Germain to help out with the sweetness.
  3. We add some ice to chill this drink down, and top it all off with a seltzer water. I found this amazing Spindrift Cucumber Seltzer Water at Trader Joe’s and used that, but if you can’t find it you can always use plain seltzer and add just a few more slices of boozy cucumber. Can’t go wrong either way.
  4. We give it a gentle stir and serve!

This recipe is sooo easy and sooo tasty. It takes less than 10 minutes to make (after you marinate the cucumber, but if you’re anything like me you just have a stash of it pre-marinated sitting in a Tupperware in your refrigerator.) It’s light with no added sugars or sweeteners (all of the sweetness comes from the St. Germain) so it won’t leave you with a nasty headache if you consume one too many. I’m thinking this will be the perfect cocktail for us to enjoy as we’re heading into the Fourth of July weekend. Light, refreshing, hydrating and so delicious, you won’t want to miss out on this one, that’s for sure!

St. Germain-Marinated Cucumber Mint Spritzer | CaliGirl Cooking

We are heading to a wedding in San Luis Obispo this weekend, so be sure to follow along on Snapchat and Instagram for the latest and greatest from our travels. What is everyone else up to this weekend? I hope it’s full of fun, relaxation and friends!

St. Germain-Marinated Cucumber Mint Spritzer

10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: Makes one cocktail

A light, refreshing summer cocktail featuring cucumber marinated in St. Germain, fresh mint and hydrating seltzer water.

Ingredients

    For the marinated cucumbers:
  • 1 Persian cucumber, sliced
  • ¼ cup St. Germain elderflower liqueur
    For the cocktail:
  • 6 or 7 slices of the marinated cucumber
  • 3 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • ½ ounce St. Germain (or other) elderflower liqueur
  • 3 ounces cucumber (or plain) seltzer water

Instructions

  1. First, make the marinated cucumbers. Simply place the cucumber slices and St. Germain in a small Tupperware, shake to coat, and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, or up to one day.
  2. When ready to make your cocktail, combine marinated cucumber slices, fresh mint, vodka and St. Germain in the bottom of a rocks glass and muddle to release all of the flavors.
  3. Top muddled ingredients with a half of a glass worth of ice, then top with seltzer water. Give a gentle stir to combine all of the ingredients and enjoy!
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St. Germain-Marinated Cucumber Mint Spritzer | CaliGirl Cooking

Oh sweet summertime…

If you liked this recipe, you might also enjoy these:

Cucumber Elderflower Gin Fizz

Thursday, Thursday…

Cucumber Elderflower Gin Fizz | CaliGirl Cooking

I’m headed out to Vancouver early tomorrow morning for a work conference so today was essentially my Friday (as far as being in the office goes at least…somehow when you’re traveling for work it doesn’t quite feel like the average workday.) I swear by the time I get back to a full five-day work week in mid-January, I won’t remember what it feels like! That will be a very sad day. Why can’t all companies just adopt a four-day work week? #lifegoals


So, before I head off on my Canadian adventure, I wanted to leave you with your weekly cocktail recipe. This here’s a very light, refreshing drink. I made it with the idea that over these next few weeks we’re all going to be trying our darndest to clean up our eating habits and get back into a healthy groove.

Whenever I make (or order cocktails) I try to eliminate as much sugar as possible. I’ve had enough sugary drinks in my 30 years here on earth (well, nine drinking years technically…cough cough) to know that the higher the level the sweetness in a cocktail, the worse the hangover the next day. Plus, who needs all of those extra calories anyway? If I am adding any sort of sweetener, I try to make it as natural as possible. Fresh ingredients > processed ingredients ALWAYS!

Cucumber Elderflower Gin Fizz | CaliGirl Cooking

I know it’s not exactly up everyone’s alley, but I am a huge fan of gin. I love the floral, herby taste that it lends on its own or when mixed into a cocktail. It is so much more exciting to my taste buds than boring old vodka, and the extra flavors mean you don’t have to add as many mixers! Win win.

I am such a fan of gin, in fact, that if I have a really good bottle, I will just pour it over ice, MAYBE add a splash of soda water, garnish it with a lime wedge and enjoy it just like that. This is how I enjoy my absolute favorite gin, Cutler’s (and oh hey, it’s made in Santa Barbara!) However, I realize that not everyone is as big a fan of gin as I am, or that not all of you have access to a gin as amazing as Cutler’s (trust me, if you can ever get your hands on some, do it! You will not regret it.)

So, I came up with a simple gin fizz recipe that will gussy up any old brand that might be offered at your local liquor or grocery store. I mean, really, when you add fresh cucumber and elderflower liqueur to any clear alcohol, where can you go wrong?

This gin fizz cocktail is so refreshing that you’ll be able to continue to make it even as the weather warms up towards summertime, yet you’ll be happy enjoying it now when you’re focusing on healthy eating and still want that little something to celebrate the start of the weekend.

Alright kids, I’m out! Any suggestions for what I should see, eat or drink while I’m in Vancouver? Please comment below! XO

Cucumber Elderflower Gin Fizz | CaliGirl Cooking

Cucumber Elderflower Gin Fizz

Yield: Makes one cocktail

A light and refreshing gin cocktail infused with cucumber and elderflower liqueur.

Ingredients

  • 3-5 cucumber slices
  • 1.5 ounces gin
  • 0.5 ounce elderflower liqueur (such as St. Germain)
  • Top with club soda

Instructions

  1. Fill a high ball glass about half full with ice. Add cucumber slices and muddle with ice so juices release. Add gin and elderflower liqueur, top with club soda. Stir to mix. Garnish with extra cucumber (if desired.)
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