Pamplemousse Cooler (Vodka-Cucumber Cocktail With Grapefruit LaCroix) Recipe

Pamplemousse Cooler (Vodka-Cucumber Cocktail With Grapefruit LaCroix) Recipe

[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]

Cool off with this vodka cocktail, which gets a delicate vegetal flavor from muddled cucumber. Created by Christopher Longoria of San Francisco's 1760, it has a soft sweetness from elderflower liqueur.

  • Yield:Makes 1 cocktail
  • Active time: 5 minutes
  • Total time:5 minutes


  • 5 half-inch slices peeled cucumber
  • 1/2 ounce (15ml) fresh lemon juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/4 ounce (8ml) simple syrup (see note)
  • 1 1/4 ounces (35ml) vodka
  • 1/2 ounce (15ml) elderflower liqueur, such as St-Germain
  • 1 1/2 ounces (45ml) LaCroix Pamplemousse Sparkling Water
  • Cucumber slice and lemon wedge, for garnish (optional)


  1. 1.

    Add cucumber, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker. Muddle until cucumber is broken up. Add vodka and elderflower liqueur and fill with ice. Shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds.

  2. 2.

    Top with sparkling water and fine-strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish if desired and serve immediately.