Strawberry Fields: Berry and Cucumber Non-Alcoholic Martini Recipe

Stylised collage of a Strawberry and Cucumber Non-Alcoholic Martini with its ingredients: strawberries, lime, basil and raspberries.

Get ready to shake things up with this refreshing berry and cucumber non-alcoholic martini.  

The crisp herbaceousness of the cucumber provides the perfect backdrop for the sweet tang of the berries, creating an elegant and well-balanced flavor combination.  The subtle basil notes add yet another layer of sophistication.  Your friends will be impressed.

While the process of juicing the cucumber and berries may seem daunting, fear not! Even if you don’t have a juicer, a hand blender and fine mesh sieve will achieve the same great results without much effort. 

To save time for the next mocktail, you can always scale up the fruit volume in the recipe and freeze any unused juice for future use.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. (30 ml) cucumber juice (approximately 3-4 inches of a cucumber)
  • 3 oz. (90 ml) berry juice (approximately 4 strawberries and 8 raspberries)
  • ¾ oz. (22.5 ml) freshly squeezed lime juice (approximately ¾ a lime)
  • ½ oz. (15 ml) apple juice
  • ½ oz. (15 ml) agave syrup
  • 5-8 basil leaves
  • Strawberry, basil leaf and/or cucumber slice to garnish (optional)

Equipment

  • Immersion blender or juicer
  • Fine mesh sieve
  • Citrus juicer
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Muddler (or wooden spoon)
  • Jigger or measuring spoons
  • Martini glass

Instructions

  1. First juice the cucumber and berries separately. 
  2. If you don’t have a juicer, use an immersion blender (hand stick blender) to liquidize the cucumber.  
  3. Pass the liquid through a fine mesh sieve to separate the juice from the flesh.
  4. Combine the strawberries and raspberries and repeat the process with the berries.  The berry juice will have a similar consistency to tomato juice.
  5. Combine the cucumber juice, berry juice, freshly squeezed lime, agave syrup and basil leaves into the cocktail shaker.
  6. Use a muddler, or the back end of a wooden spoon, to crush the basil leaves gently into the mixture for 5-10 seconds.  Don’t over-crush the basil or it will start to release sour and unpleasant flavors.
  7. Throw a handful of ice into the shaker and shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds or until the outside of the shaker is extremely cold.
  8. Strain into a martini glass.
  9. Garnish with a strawberry, basil leaf and/or cucumber slice.

Note:  The amount of lime, and agave syrup needed for this recipe will vary depending on the sweetness of your strawberries and raspberries.  Add more agave syrup if you feel the drink needs a little more sugar, or add more lime if it needs more citrus bite.

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Stylised collage of the ingredients of a strawberry and cucumber non-alcoholic martini: strawberries, raspberries, cucumber, basil and lime.

Berry and Cucumber Non-Alcoholic Martini FAQ

Do I need a juicer to make this recipe?

While having a juicer can make the process of juicing the cucumber and berries easier, it is not necessary. You can use an immersion blender to liquidize the cucumber, then pass the liquid through a fine mesh sieve to separate the juice from the flesh. 

Can I use different berries for this recipe?

Absolutely! You can experiment with different types of berries to find the flavor combination that you like the best.  Blackberries, cherries, or black currents are just a few options that could work well in this recipe.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

It’s best to mix this drink right before you are ready to serve it.  However, you can get ahead by juicing the cucumber and berries ahead of time and storing the liquid in the fridge.  You can also store any leftover juice in the freezer where it will stay fresh for up to 2 months.

Can I omit the agave syrup in this recipe?

Yes, you can omit the agave syrup if you prefer a less sweet drink.  You can also use alternative sweeteners like honey or simple syrup (1:1 sugar to water).

Can I use dried basil instead of fresh?

I’d recommend using fresh basil for this recipe, but if you are in a tight spot dried basil can be used instead.  For this recipe, start with half a teaspoon and adjust to your taste based on the strength of the herb.

Can I use a different type of glass to serve this drink in?

A martini glass works well for this recipe because the drink is served straight up without any ice.  If you don’t have a martini glass, a small bowled wine glass could be a good alternative.

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