Cucumber-Tequila Cooler

[Photo: Maggie Hoffman]

Cucumbers and celery add a cooling vegetal note to this tart and refreshing tequila cocktail.

About the Author: Maggie Hoffman is a Senior Editor at Serious Eats, based in San Francisco. She founded Serious Eats: Drinks in 2011. You can follow her on Twitter @maggiejane.

Cucumber-Tequila Cooler

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 1 cocktail
Active time:5 minutes
Total time:5 minutes
Special equipment:muddler, cocktail shaker and strainer


  • 1 (4-inch) section celery (about 3/4 ounces)
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 (2-inch) section English cucumber (about 2 1/2 ounces), peeled
  • 1/2 ounce agave nectar
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice, from 1 to 2 limes
  • 1 1/2 ounces silver tequila
  • 2 ounces seltzer, chilled
  • Garnish: cucumber slice (optional)


  1. 1

    Slice celery and cucumber into 1/2 inch slices. Add celery and salt to cocktail shaker and muddle until broken up. Add cucumber and agave nectar, muddle until smashed, about 20 seconds.

  2. 2

    Add lime juice and tequila to shaker and fill 2/3 full with ice. Shake until well chilled, about 20 seconds. Strain into highball glass. Top with seltzer, stir gently and serve with cucumber slice garnish if desired.


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