If you’re anything like us, National Cucumber Day always sneaks up on you. But it’s officially here, Tuesday, June 14, 2016, so you’re going to need a drink with which to properly celebrate this refreshing and delightful fruit (yes, it’s a fruit!).

Look no further than the ultimate cucumber cocktail, the Cucumber Basil Smash. Made with gin (ideally Hendrick’s gin, which is itself infused with cucumber), the Cucumber Basil Smash is a cinch to make and can be enjoyed throughout the summer. Here’s the recipe:

The Cucumber Basil Smash

Created by the Hendrick’s National Brand Ambassador, Jim Ryan


1.5 parts gin (ideally Hendrick’s)

.75 part fresh lemon juice

.75 part simple syrup

One small bunch of basil (3-5 leaves)

3-5 cucumber wheels


Method: In a mixing glass, muddle basil, cucumber and simple syrup. Add gin, lemon juice and ice. Shake well and fine strain into an iced double rocks glass. Garnish with a bunch of basil and a cucumber wheel.

For a full list of cocktail recipes and more information on all the merriment of Cucumber Day, visit CucumberDay.com