Cucumber Pomegranate Vodka Lemonade. It’s fresh and cool cucumber, paired with the sweet pomegranate in a deliciously boozy lemonade. Everything a refreshing Summer cocktail may need. It’s still very much hot outside, and this drink is perfect for that.
I think that cucumber actually tastes a little like melon in this drink. Double Summer! And with this incredible dry Summer, the cucumber might even give you a humid, rainy sensation in the mouth. I say bring it on.
If you’re more of the iced tea kind of person, I’ve got a killer Ginger Lemon Iced Tea, Hibiscus Iced Tea or could I tempt you with a blackberry martini or more of a classic whiskey sour? I mean, we shouldn’t limit ourselves to just one drink this Summer, I think Summer is a time for experimenting with fresh flavors, so I’m just spitballing my ideas here.
Lemonade is my go-to drink when it’s piping hot and my brain is not working. My brain hasn’t worked since, like April! I’m not used to this kind of weather. Summer in my town is usually filled with rain, rain and more rain and the occasional sunny day. This Summer has been the complete opposite. It’s strange. But seems like the entire Europe has dramatic problems with the heat this Summer.
But back to the vodka lemonade. I love sweet and sour drinks. Hence, I love sugar and lemon together. I wanted to add some booze because Summer is time for a boozy, fruity drink after all. I’ve also thought about adding cucumber to the drink because, well because it’s cool and fresh (everything the weather is not). And I had a pomegranate laying around.
And the Cucumber Pomegranate Vodka Lemonade was born.
Cucumber Pomegranate Vodka Lemonade
I was kind of sceptical of adding both cucumber juice and pomegranate juice into one mix. I thought the color would be a really mushy brown or something. But it actually turned out pretty good. At first the color looks a little mushy, but as you let it sit it gets this beautiful pink color.
And the flavors work really well together, who knew!
How to Make Vodka Lemonade
Begin making the lemonade. Juice the lemons into a small pitcher, add in the sugar (2). Stir until it’s dissolved (3). You don’t need to make a simple syrup. You just need to stir a little more, but I think it’s worth it, so you don’t have to wait the forever it takes for the simple syrup to cool. But if you have it on hand, feel free to use it.
If you want you can also add fresh mint sprigs, and muddle it into the lemon and sugar. When the sugar is dissolved, stir in water and vodka (4).
To make it a mocktail (non-alcoholic), simply leave out the vodka. Delicious! Honestly, this drink is super tasty as a refreshing non-alcoholic option too.
How to Make Pomegranate Juice
I actually had to google if I could use my juicer for this. Apparently, it would just clog the filters and it may result in a bitter juice. So blending it in a blender would work better. Blend the arils, and once it’s smooth, run it through a sieve.
You should take a spatula or a spoon and help the mixture through the sieve. Whisk the mixture a bit and press the spatula into the pomegranate mush. Once you get a relatively dry pomegranate mush, discard it and you’re good to go.
For this, I used my juicer. I actually really like the Philips Viva Collection Juicer. It works really well, and it’s easy to clean, and it’s cheap! I don’t need a super fancy one, just one to juice my cucumber and carrots (I am not sponsored for saying this, but I have added an affiliate link).
If you don’t have a juicer, you can use the same technique as with the pomegranate juice. I’d peel the cucumber if they are waxed, otherwise it may ruin the texture of the cucumber juice. Slice off the edges too. Then blend and run through a sieve as with the pomegranate.
Add both juices into the vodka lemonade (7-8). Stir and serve!
Serve this delicious cucumber pomegranate vodka lemonade with ice and garnish with mint sprigs or lemon slices.
Vodka Lemonade is not your thing? Try these other porch worthy drinks:
- Whiskey Sour
- Ginger Lemon Iced Tea
- The Penicillin Cocktail with Ginger and Honey
- Tropical Mango Pineapple Smoothie
- The Best Green Smoothie Recipe
- Blackberry Martini
- Blood Orange Margarita
- Classic Mojito
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This post was originally posted on August 2nd 2018, but has been updated on May 29th 2019 for more instructions and better photos.
Cucumber Pomegranate Vodka Lemonade + Mocktail Version
- 4 lemons 1/2 cup or 125ml
- 1/4 cup + 3 tbsp sugar 80g
- 3 cups water 750ml
- 1/2 cup vodka + an extra splash 🙂 150ml
- 1/2 cup cucumber juice more or less, add juice of 1/2 normal cucumber
- 1/2 cup pomegranate juice or juice of one pomegranate
- 1 mint sprig optional
- Ice optional, for serving
- garnish e.g. cucumber slices, pomegranate arils, mint sprigs
- Make lemonade: Begin making the lemonade. Juice the lemons into a small pitcher, add in the sugar. Stir until it's dissolved*. If you want you can also add fresh mint sprigs, and muddle it into either the lemon and sugar.
- Stir in vodka: When the sugar is dissolved, stir in water and vodka. To make it a mocktail (non-alcoholic), simply leave out the vodka.
- Make pomegranate juice: Blend the arils, and once it's smooth, run it through a sieve. You should take a spatula or a spoon and help the mixture through the sieve. Whisk the mixture a bit and press the spatula into the pomegranate mush. Once you get a relatively dry pomegranate mush, discard it.
- Make cucumber juice: Juice the cucumber in a juicer. If you don't have a juicer, you can use the same technique as with the pomegranate juice**.
- Mix it all: Add both juices into the vodka lemonade. Stir and serve! Serve with ice and garnish with mint sprigs, cucumber and/or pomegranate if you want.