Thirsty Thursday: Spicy Gin Cucumber Lemonade

Spicy Gin Cucumber Lemonade

After I made my kicked up Grilled Peach and Jalapeno Margarita as my grilled drink recipe a few weeks ago, Amanda requested that we do a theme for Spicy Drinks for this week’s Thirsty Thursday post. Isn’t it just fun to get the unexpected when you take a sip of a chilly drink and you get a spicy bite back at ya?!?!

I found this amazing sounding Spicy Gin Cucumber Lemonade and I knew I had to make it. However it was a risky since gin makes Price angry. Umm, what?!?! Exactly! For years I had been hearing how gin makes Price angry, but never witnessed it since gin = angry Price. I was doubting this argument since it sounded silly to me but then one day we saw this episode of How I Met Your Mother where they broke down everyone’s reaction to different types of alcohol. Well, low and behold, gin makes Marshall angry. ha!

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The risk paid off since Price really enjoyed this (and didn’t get angry since there wasn’t too much gin in there compared to the rest of the lemonade this was a great refreshing cocktail that had a subtle kick to it and since it was a The lemonade provided a bit of tartness and the cayenne added the kick while the cucumber cooled it all off.  I used a local gin made in Maine but I would also suggest a gin that has cucumber flavors in it, such as Hendrick’s, or one that has plenty of botanical, such as Oxley.

Amanda is a queen of margaritas so she made this Spicy Cilantro Margarita. I’ve never heard of cilantro in a drink before so I’m really interested.

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Spicy Gin Cucumber Lemonade

Makes 2 drinks


  • 4 ounces of gin
  • 16 ounces of Lemonade
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 8 thin slices of english cucumbers
  • ice


  1. Fill a highball glass or another style 12 ounce tall glass halfway with ice cubes.
  2. Add the gin, lemonade, cayenne, 4 slices of the thinly sliced cucumber, and some lemon wedges. Stir well and serve immediately. Repeat for other serving.

Slightly adapted from Heather Cristo


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