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Make Carnival’s Cucumber Sunrise from the Alchemy Bar

Last Updated on December 26, 2023

When you’re on a cruise, there’s no shortage of drinks available, from standard pina coladas and daiquiris to exotic flavored drinks cocktails martinis. If you have a drink package, then you can try them all out to find what you like, but if you’re paying by the drink, you might want to be a little more selective. You might feel inclined to try stick to the standards, but if you’re on a Carnival Cruise Ship with an Alchemy Bar, I’d highly recommend a Cucumber Sunrise. It’s one of my favorite drinks I’ve ever had and one of the most popular drinks at the Alchemy Bar. (You can also check out the recipe for my second favorite drink, the Spicy Chipotle Pineapple martini here)

cucumber sunrise at alchemy bar
It just isn’t a Carnival cruise until I have my Cucumber Sunrise at the Alchemy Bar

If you haven’t been on a Carnival cruise with an Alchemy Bar, it’s a bar with specialty cocktails and martinis (you can see the full Alchemy Bar menu here). Decorated like an apothecary shop of yore, the bartenders wear lab coats to look like pharmacists and mix concoctions to cure what ails you. It’s great for pre- or post-dinner drinks and usually has a good energy until 11 pm or so. The drinks are $13 and usually completely worth it.

Cruising Tip: Want to try a few of the flavors without going broke? Look in your Fun Times schedule for the “Alchemy Martini Tasting” times. There are usually at least 2 per cruise, and they let you try 4 mini versions of the drinks.

The first time I tried the Cucumber Sunrise, I was on the Carnival Pride, and I was blown away. It had a light fruity sweetness that is well balanced with the lime, and the cucumber gave it a refreshing finish. As soon as I got home, I had to look into how I could make it at home.

Some notes about the Cucumber Sunrise ingredients

Carnival’s full recipe is below, but I just wanted to make a few notes about the ingredients to help you make the best drink.

Cucumbers – the best ones to use for this are seedless or English Cucumbers; that way, you have to strain less and don’t have a cloudy, seeded drink. The easiest way to identify seedless cucumbers is that they come plastic-wrapped at the grocery store (compared to regular cucumbers which are just sold on their own). One regular-size cucumber can make between 4 and 6 drinks.

Watermelon Syrup – this is one of the key ingredients in the drink and yet I’ve tried to substitute it many times because it is hard to find in stores (here’s a link for it on Amazon). Before I bit the bullet and purchased the syrup from Amazon, I tried watermelon soda syrup, actual watermelon juice, watermelon crystal light; none of them came close. If you do need a substitute, the closest and easiest is to use watermelon flavored vodka.

Monin – Classic Watermelon Syrup, Juicy and Sweet, Great for Sodas and Lemonades, Gluten-Free, Non-GMO (750 ml)
  • GREAT FOR SODAS AND LEMONADES: Succulent and sweet, watermelon is a summertime picnic favorite that is now available year round. Use our Classic Watermelon Syrup to freshen up your sodas, slushes, teas and exotic cocktails.
  • TASTING NOTES: Sun ripened watermelon aroma and juicy, sweet, authentic concentrated watermelon flavor. Monin Classic Watermelon Syrup is the perfect refreshing enhancement for unique cocktails, mocktails, sparklers, sodas and lemonades.

Lime Juice – Are you thinking ,”Ugh, I don’t want to juice a lime, can’t I just use this bottle of lime juice?” Well, STOP because you’re about to ruin your cocktail. The taste is way different using bottled lime juice. I’ve tried several times using it and it just made the drink taste really bad. It’s worth it to use real limes and juice them yourself. Pick up one lime for each drink you want to make (1 oz of lime juice is usually about 1 lime). If you have juicing limes, this tool makes it so easy!

Cucumber Sunrise Recipe

Alchemy Bar’s Cucumber Sunrise Recipe

A deliciously refreshing drink from Carnival Cruise Line.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 drink


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz Monin watermelon syrup Amazon Link
  • 2 english cucumber wheels
  • 3/4 oz orange juice


  • Drop 2 cucumber wheels into a cocktail shaker or pint glass and muddle them. If you don't have a muddler, you can use a wooden spoon
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and ice.
  • Cover and shake well (about 5 seconds)
  • Strain into a glass (I use the cocktail shakers strainer and then a mesh strainer to get it really clear)
  • Garnish the glass with a wheel of cucumber. This is key, it gives you that fresh scent every time you take a sip
Keyword carnival cruise, cocktail, martini

Want to try taste it yourself?

The Cucumber Sunrise is available in the Alchemy Bar on the following ships:

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Randy Young

Randy Young is the founder and editor-in-chief at Cruise Spotlight. He has been in marketing for 19 years and has been cruising for just as long. Over the years, he's worked with products like TVs, copiers, light bulbs, and EV chargers, but cruising has always been his passion. There's nothing Randy likes more than the first couple of hours on a ship, exploring every nook and cranny and seeing how it's different from everything else out there. He's known for providing detailed and analytical coverage of cruising to help cruisers get a comprehensive picture of a ship's offerings.

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