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Summer Margaritas


This margarita recipe from chef Rick Bayless includes cucumber, which gives it a cool, melon-like flavor.

  • Yield: Makes 9 cocktails

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 5132


  • 1 large English cucumber or 2 standard 6-inch-long cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and thinly sliced (3 cups), plus more slices for garnish
  • 1 1/2 cups 100 percent agave silver tequila
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 cup Lime Simple Syrup for Summer Margaritas
  • 1 lime wedge
  • Coarse salt
  • 6 to 7 cups small ice cubes


  1. Place cucumber, tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup in the jar of a blender; blend until smooth. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a pitcher. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

  2. Moisten the rims of three 6-ounce martini glasses with lime wedge. Place salt in a shallow dish. Dip rims of glasses in salt to coat.

  3. Fill a cocktail shaker 3/4 full with ice. Add 1 1/2 cups cucumber mixture. Cover and shake 10 to 15 seconds. Strain until prepared glasses. Garnish with cucumber slices. Repeat process with remaining ice and cucumber mixture.

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  • M Renton
    31 DEC, 2012
    Wonderful, refreshing recipe. I replaced the simple syrup with Agave Nectar and it was wonderful.
  • MaryLouiseB
    20 MAR, 2011
    So yummy
  • dfoster87
    6 MAY, 2010
    Delicious, delicious cocktail. Plan to serve it all summer long. If you're only making the recipe 1 time (for 9 cocktails), I recommend only making 1/2 of the simple syrup recipe. I was left with so much leftover simple syrup.
  • sweetjen34
    5 MAY, 2010
    So delicious! Way better than standard margaritas which are too sweet for me. These are light and refreshing. Made my Cinco de Mayo! Can't wait for cucumbers from the garden to be ready. Definately a new favorite.