Summer coolers are a welcome relief to our desert heat. This refreshing cocktail incorporates two summer favorites: cool, crisp cucumber and spicy fresh jalapeño. (Cut long thin slices on the bias for a pretty presentation.) We like to add substantially more than a splash of soda water and lots of ice. If you'd like something a bit less intoxicating, you may omit the vodka and increase the citrus juice and agave nectar.
Photography By Michele Laudig | May 15, 2011


Mix the vodka and lemon or lime juice. Add sliced jalapeno and cucumber. Pour over ice and add soda water and agave nectar to taste.

Recipe courtesy of Lauren and Morgan Klemp from Arroyo Vodka (, part of the Valley's Forward Brands.


  • 2 ounces Arroyo Vodka
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon or lime
  • 2 slices jalapeno
  • 1 slice cucumber
  • Splash of soda water
  • Agave nectar to taste
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