A refreshing beer cocktail made with cucumber, craft pale ale, and basil. Great patio cocktail or for an evening with friends

Cucumber Basil Pale Ale Cooler

I am feeling thirsty again. Maybe it’s the warmer weather, maybe it’s the time off from running (I’m nursing an injury!) but man, a cold cocktail after work just seems like the best thing ever!

Cucumber Basil Pale Ale Cooler

Cucumber Basil Pale Ale Cooler

I have been making a lot of beer cocktails recently. I started out with some Pale Ale Margaritas (MAKE THEM!), then went on to make a Citrus IPA Sangria, and then onto these beauties. Like many places, craft beer is available pretty much everywhere, so I like to fill up my growler on the weekend and then head home to either enjoy the beer as-is or get fancy. And really? Why not get fancy??

Cucumber Basil Pale Ale Cooler

This cooler is super refreshing with slices of cool cucumber and fresh basil leaves. I added a bit of sparkling lemonade to the mix along with the pale ale and loved the combination.

You could definitely double the recipe and add the ingredients for this to a pitcher to serve a crowd too. Also, a blonde or wheat beer would be nice too, although I haven’t tried them. Play around with this and let me know what you come up with. It’s part of the fun of cocktail making 🙂

Cucumber Basil Pale Ale Cooler


Cucumber Basil Pale Ale Cooler

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 drinks


  • 3 basil leaves
  • 6 slices of cucumbers
  • 3 ounces vodka
  • 6 ounces sweetened sparkling lemonade
  • 8 ounces craft pale ale
  • garnish: cucumber slices, basil leaves, lime wedges


  1. In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, muddle to basil leaves and cucumber slices. Fill the shaker half full with ice, and then add in the vodka and sparkling lemonade. Shake several times, pour into a glass big enough to hold 12 ounces. Add some ice cubes.
  2. Pour the pale ale into the glasses and gently stir. Add in a few more cucumber slices and basil leaves. Serve immediately with a lime wedge for squeezing. Enjoy!


If you don't have/like pale ale you can definitely try this with blonde beer or wheat beer.


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6 Responses to Cucumber Basil Pale Ale Cooler

  1. Jena Carlin says:

    I must try this! It sounds so refreshing!

  2. Sandra Lea says:

    This looks so refreshing, can’t wait to try it. Do you strain out the muddled basil and cucumber or leave it in?

  3. Joanne Bruno says:

    Girl, you are SLAYING me with these beer cocktails! Amazing. And so summery!

  4. Maria says:

    yum!!! Love love love basil in drinks. How refreshing!

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