Cheers To The Almanac: This Cucumber-Tequila Cooler Is For You

Cheers To The Almanac: This Cucumber-Tequila Cooler Is For You

A special post shout out to The Almanac, a local Silicon Valley newspaper, for the awesome piece they just published on me and my blog this week titled “Chef In The House“.  I am super excited.  In honor of my very first press coverage, I developed this delicious, refreshing cucumber-tequila cooler as a “thank you” to The Almanac, Kate Bradshaw who interviewed me and wrote a lovely article, and photographer Michelle Le, who captured my food so beautifully.

cucumber-tequila cooler

This light, refreshing drink is slightly similar to a mojito, but with tequila instead of rum.  With just a little bit of sweetness, this cooler is fantastic on a hot summer day.  Cucumbers happen to be one of my favorite vegetables and I put them in everything, so why not a drink?  With their light melon aroma, they make wonderful additions to a variety of fun cocktails.  Originally from South Asia, cucumbers–which are actually a plant in the gourd family–are now grown on most continents, yet most (about 75%) are produced in China.

Cucumbers, with their 95.2% water content, are often assumed to be nutritionally useless.  But cucumbers have a number of nutrients and can be a source of fiber.  They are believed to be a cleanser with great anti-inflammatory properties, which is the main reason you see this popular vegetable used widely in wellness spas.  I won’t go so far as to say this cucumber-tequila cooler is good for you.  But in the world of specialty drinks, maybe it’s not all that bad for you either.

Cucumber-Tequila Cooler

August 16, 2017
: 1
: 10 min
: 10 min
: easy


  • 1 two-inch piece of Persian or hothouse cucumber, peeled and rough chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon agave syrup
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 2 ounces seltzer
  • salt, to garnish
  • crushed ice
  • kosher salt, for garnish
  • cucumber ribbons, for garnish
  • lime wedge, for garnish
  • Step 1 Place a good amount of kosher salt on a small saucer. Wet the rim of a lowball glass with the lime wedge. Dip the glass into the salt to adhere to the rim of the glass. Fill with a good amount of crushed ice. Place the cucumber ribbons inside the glass along the bottom. Set aside.
  • Step 2 Place the chopped cucumber into a shaker. Muddle the cucumber until broken and smashed.
  • Step 3 Add the lime juice, agave and tequila and a cup of ice. Shake well for 15 seconds. Strain into prepared glass.
  • Step 4 Top with seltzer and garnish with a lime wedge.

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