Zero-Proof Cucumber Mint Spritzer

Zero-proof cucumber mint spritzer mocktail ingredients

Non-alcoholic / Serves: 4 / Cost per serving: $4


3 - 4 Cucumbers, peeled (3 cups of puree)

4 Lemons, juiced (1 cup of juice)

1 Bunch fresh mint

Sparkling water

Agave syrup to taste




Immersion blender

Citrus reamer

Soda stream

Cocktail stirrer

Silicon ice cube tray

Straws, paper or reusable


Prep in 20 minutes, chill for an hour

Cut the peeled cucumbers into 1-2 inch chunks to make them easier to blend. Using a blender (I only have an emersion blender, but it works just fine) puree the cucumber. Juice the lemons and remove the seeds.

Combine cucumber puree and lemon juice in a pitcher—three parts cucumber, one part lemon. Add agave syrup to taste. I like 1 tablespoon per serving. Store in the fridge to chill for an hour.

In serving glasses, add ice and a generous portion of fresh mint leaves. Pour in 1 cup cucumber-lemon puree and top with 1/2 cup of sparkling water. Garnish with more mint on top.

Non-alcoholic cocktails are thankfully on the rise

I’ve noticed a welcome uptick in mocktails at upscale bars and restaurants. I’ve also noticed that the term “mocktail” is being replaced with “zero-proof”. As a sober person myself, I can confirm that asking for a mocktail doesn’t have the same dignity of a martini, and menu creators agree. Plus, mocking is no longer an accurate representation of the complex concoctions being crafted. In fact, zero-proof cocktails are often more expensive to produce than alcoholic cocktails because they use higher quality, rarer ingredients. Just as much time and effort is going into the final product, because that's what it takes to put that much flavor into something without alcohol.

As a sober adult with a refined palette, it’s nice to have some space on the cocktail menu and it’s even nicer to not be subjected to drinks that are sickly sweet and exceedingly pink (though I did love me a Shirley Temple with extra cherries back in the day). I recently enjoyed the Cucumber Mint Refresco at Rosa Mexicano after a night of live music and dancing at Lincoln Center. The flavor was refreshing and complex, and it made my cells feel alive and hydrated! I decided to replicate it at home, and it’s surprisingly simple.

The Recipe

Zero-proof cucumber mint spritzer mocktail

Make the cucumber puree

Peel the cucumbers and trim off the ends. Using an emersion blender, puree the cucumbers until smooth. It’s easier if you do it in batches—about one cucumber at a time.

Zero-proof cucumber mint spritzer mocktail

Juice the lemons

Juice the lemons into a separate container and remove the seeds. My citrus reamer takes a bit of muscle, but I prefer to keep kitchen gadgets, especially powered ones, to a bare minimum. I don’t have a lot of space after all.

Zero-proof cucumber mint spritzer mocktail

Mix your spritzer

Add ice and fresh mint to your glass. Stir in 3 parts cucumber puree to 1 part lemon juice. Add agave syrup to taste—I like about 1 tablespoon. Top with a heavy splash of sparkling water. You can buy bottled sparkling water but we drink a lot of it and invested in a Soda Stream.



You can pre-mix the cucumber, lemon, and agave but leave the sparkling water until the end. If you blend the carbonated water or let it sit too long, you’ll lose the bubbles and be left with an acidic taste.

Zero-proof cucumber mint spritzer mocktail

Garnish and serve

Garnish with more fresh mint on top and sip as is or serve with paper or reusable straws.

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Drink as much as you want. Feel amazing in the morning.

Zero-proof cucumber mint spritzer mocktail
Zero-proof cucumber mint spritzer mocktail
Zero-proof cucumber mint spritzer mocktail

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