A new way to drink gin: Qcumber mixer gives the G&T a sparkling summer makeover

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Classics On The Canal: Mixer brand Qcumber is throwing a cocktail party with a twist on London’s canals this summer


Love gin, but not so fussed about tonic? If so, my bar-hopping friends, this splendidly British new tipple could be your new best booze buddy.


Fans of the spirit will already know that cucumber and gin make great partners in crime, and now the delicate garden flavour has been infused into a light and lovely mixer.


Qcumber is a soft drink combining cucumber distillate with sparkling water to create a lightly flavoured fizzing drink that cries out for a (large) splash of Hendricks.


In other words, it’s a brilliant way to quaff gin as a long drink all night long without getting that furry ‘tonic mouth’.



The Secret Garden: The drinks menu features sparkling gin cocktails inspired by literary classics


It works on its own for non-drinkers, and a treat in cocktails too – as tasted by DetoxRetox and friends on a recent barge trip around London where some English literary classics were used as inspiration for a lovely summery drinks menu.


A romantic, ruby-hued Pride & Prejudice featured Tanqueray, lemon juice and raspberry jam, whilst the Wind In The Willows combined Douglas Fir Syrup and mint leaves for a taste of the forest and – our favourite – The Importance Of Being Earnest used Vermouth and ginger syrup to add a grown-up twist to the sparkling soft drink.


And health-loving retoxers will be pleased to know that the brand have made an effort to keep the sugar content as low as possible – after all, lots of us choose gin and slim as a low cal booze option at the bar. 


During our potter around the canals of Little Venice and Camden founder Graham Carr-Smith told us that they have already reduced the sugar content twice since launch. He says: ‘We’ve made a huge effort to keep the drink as healthy as possible without compromising the taste and it now has 25% less sugar than your standard Fever Tree tonic.’


Likey? Qcumber is available now at Tesco for £1.49









50ml Gin

15ml Lemon Juice

1 tsp Raspberry Jam

Topped with Qcumber




Add all ingredients except Qcumber to a shaker. Shake vigorously, and strain twice over crushed ice in an old fashioned glass.


Top with Qcumber and garnish with a fresh raspberry and a lemon twist.


  • The Classics On The Canal barge tour is running every Friday throughout August and the £12 ticket includes a gin tasting plus a three-serve cocktail menu, canapés and a beautiful sightseeing tour of the London canals. Tickets available HERE


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