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Basil Cucumber Cooler Cocktail Recipe | What’s Cooking

Easy summer cocktail recipe with gin, cucumber, basil and lime from Nordstrom bars. Photo by Jeff Powell.

Playfully refreshing, simple to put together and ideal for sharing with friends under the warm sun on a patio, this summer cocktail is like the adult version of a kiddie pool. A splash of simple syrup and lime brightens and brings together the herbaceous qualities of basil and the distinct taste of cucumbers. Dry gin lends its hints of botanicals, and a top-off with club soda livens this beverage with a touch of effervescence.

Dip into a few simple, summertime ingredients and create one of these ice-cold Basil Cucumber Coolers at home with this easy cocktail recipe from our Nordstrom bars.

Easy summer cocktail recipe with gin, cucumber, basil and lime from Nordstrom bars. Photo by Jeff Powell.

Basil Cucumber Cooler
From our Nordstrom Bars

Easy summer cocktail recipe with gin, cucumber, basil and lime from Nordstrom bars. Photo by Jeff Powell.

Ingredients (per cocktail)
5 medium-sized basil leaves
4 English cucumber slices, 1/8-inch thick
2 ounces Bombay gin
1 ounce simple syrup
1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
Soda water

Simple Syrup
1 cup (or 1 part) water
1 cup (or 1 part) granulated sugar

Easy summer cocktail recipe with gin, cucumber, basil and lime from Nordstrom bars. Photo by Jeff Powell.

1. In a small saucepan, combine water and granulated sugar over medium heat. Whisk until sugar dissolves and remove from heat.

2. Transfer simple syrup to a container and refrigerate until ready to use.

3. Chill a highball glass by filling it with ice and water.

Easy summer cocktail recipe with gin, cucumber, basil and lime from Nordstrom bars. Photo by Jeff Powell.

4. In a cocktail shaker, muddle basil leaves and cucumber slices. Add gin, simple syrup, lime juice and a generous scoop of ice.

Easy summer cocktail recipe with gin, cucumber, basil and lime from Nordstrom bars. Photo by Jeff Powell.

5. Cap and shake vigorously 20 times.

Easy summer cocktail recipe with gin, cucumber, basil and lime from Nordstrom bars. Photo by Jeff Powell.

6. Drain now-chilled highball glass. Add more ice to fill.

7. Double-strain shaken cocktail into prepared highball glass. Top with soda water.

Easy summer cocktail recipe with gin, cucumber, basil and lime from Nordstrom bars. Photo by Jeff Powell.

8. Slit three cucumber slices halfway toward the center and use to garnish rim of glass.

Easy summer cocktail recipe with gin, cucumber, basil and lime from Nordstrom bars. Photo by Jeff Powell.

Easy summer cocktail recipe with gin, cucumber, basil and lime from Nordstrom bars. Photo by Jeff Powell.

Stop by a Nordstrom Restaurant near you, and find more recipes to try in our What’s Cooking series and Nordstrom Cookbooks. Have a favorite dish or beverage from our restaurants or cookbooks that you’d like to see featured? Let us know in the comments!

–Jeff Powell