prep time: 15 minutes active, 6 hours passive serves: 4 difficulty: easy


  • 1 large cucumber, halved crosswise
    • ½ cucumber, diced (½ cup or 90 g)
    • ½ cucumber, reserved for garnish
  • ½ cup (120 ml) lime juice
  • ½ cup (120 g) white sugar, or equivalent substitute
  • 1½ cups (360 ml) water
  • 1 tsp (3 g) Assam black tea leaves


Cold-Brewed Tea (yields 360 ml)

  1. Combine water and black tea leaves in a small container. 
  2. Seal and refrigerate for 6 hours.
  3. Pass through a strainer to remove tea leaves. 
  4. Seal and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

Cucumber Cordial (yields ¾ cup or 180 ml)

  1. In a blender, combine diced cucumber, lime juice, and sugar.
  2. Blend at high speed until smooth.
  3. Pass through a fine mesh strainer, pressing firmly on solids to release more liquid. Discard solids.
  4. Seal and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

Per Serving

  • 3 oz Cold-Brewed Tea
  • 1½ oz Cucumber Cordial 
  • 1 cucumber ribbon
  1. In a tall 12 oz glass with ice, pour 3 oz Cold-Brewed Tea and 1½ oz Cucumber Cordial. 
  2. Stir to mix.
  3. Garnish with a ribbon of cucumber, taken lengthwise with a vegetable peeler. Using a spoon, push the ribbon into the cocktail and press it against the glass wall in a vertical spiral.

While drinking, ask yourself: When you find yourself at the precipice of a new beginning, how do you transform your initial anxiety into intentional enthusiasm?