[Photograph: Nick Caruana]

A simple mix of muddled cucumber, gin, and Aperol makes for a cooling and refreshing cocktail. This drink was created by Michael McIlroy and Richard Boccato of Milk & Honey in New York.

I usually make this one with a London dry gin such as Beefeater 24, but it's also great with other gins. Try Hendrick's to amp up the cucumber flavor or Plymouth for an even lighter taste.

About the author: Nick Caruana is the author of The Straight Up, where he shares his love of classic and modern cocktails, including a slight obsession with whiskey, bitters and amari. Stalk him on Twitter @The_Straight_Up, Facebook, and other social media outlets.


About This Recipe

Yield:makes 1 cocktail
Active time:2 minutes
Total time:2 minutes
Special equipment:Muddler, Mixing Glass, Barspoon, Strainer, Cocktail Glass, Citrus Peeler
This recipe appears in: 5 Gin Drinks You Should Make This Spring


  • 2 (1/2-inch thick) slices cucumber
  • 2 1/4 ounces gin
  • 3/4 ounce Aperol
  • Garnish: lemon twist


  1. 1

    Add the cucumber slices to the bottom of a mixing glass. Muddle them to break up, but do not pulverize completely.

  2. 2

    Add gin and Aperol to mixing glass then fill 2/3 with ice and stir until well chilled, about 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with lemon twist and serve.

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