Cucumber Vodka Cumbia Cocktail


  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups plus 4 cups water
  • 6 cups of Effen Cucumber Vodka
  • 2 1/2 pounds cucumbers, peeled, coarsely chopped (about 7 cups) plus 8 cucumber slices for garnish
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice plus 8 lime slices for garnish
  • 1 serrano chile, seeded, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 fresh mint sprigs for garnish
  • Ice cubes


  1. Stir sugar and 2 1/2 cups water in a large saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves.
  2. Increase heat and bring to a boil.
  3. Pour simple syrup into a bowl and chill. Can be made and kept refrigerated up to 1 week ahead.
  4. Working in batches, puree 2 1/2 pounds of cucumbers, lime juice, chile, salt, and 2 cups simple syrup in a blender until smooth.
  5. Strain puree into a large pitcher or bowl.
  6. Mix in 4 cups water and 6 cups of vodka.
  7. Cover and chill.


  1. Add cucumber slices, lime slices, and mint sprigs to a pitcher or a jug of chilled Cucumber Vodka Cumbia.
  2. Can be served over ice or in a martini glass. If serving in a large jug, to keep extra cold take a portion of the mixed drink prior to garnishing and freeze it in an empty, rinsed quart size milk carton. Once frozen, peel off and discard the milk carton and insert the quart size ice cube back into the jug to keep it cool.
  3. Serve and enjoy.


Inspired By | Jimmy Shaw’s Agua Fresca