While cucumbers are widely available year-round, summer's our favorite time to use them. Most often enjoyed raw or pickled, their light, sweet flavor is also lovely in sautés or puréed with yogurt for cold soups. But we also love using cucumbers in cocktails. In the New Airline, cucumber and sweet elderflower liqueur echo the floral notes of gin. To add another unexpected savory note, try our toasted sesame highball made with vodka, cucumber, and a dash of toasted sesame oil. From thirst-quenching agua fresca to creamy cucumber dips to an earthy eggplant-and-cucumber-salad sandwich, here are some of our favorite cucumber recipes.