The Paris issue

Our October issue is on sale - the Paris special. Grab your copy for all-things Parisian, plus ultimate French baking recipes and more.

Subscribe to Gourmet

Subscribe to Australian Gourmet Traveller before October 24, 2016 and receive 3 BONUS ISSUES - save 46%.

Gourmet on your iPad

Subscribe to Gourmet Traveller for your iPad.

Grilled cucumber and lemon myrtle soda

"The best flavour comes from charcoal-grilling the cucumber, but you can also scorch it in a pan or under the grill," says Devlin

You'll need

50 gm caster sugar 14 lemon myrtle leaves 2 large Lebanese cucumbers 500 ml (2 cups) chilled soda water To serve: dried native pepperberries (see note), coarsely ground


  • 01
  • Heat a charcoal barbecue or gas barbecue to high, or heat a char-grill pan over high heat. Bring sugar and 50ml water to the boil in a small saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Transfer to a bowl, then crush half the lemon myrtle leaves in your hand to release the fragrance, add to sugar syrup and place in the freezer to chill.
  • 02
  • Grill the cucumbers without turning until almost completely black (3-5 minutes). Transfer to a bowl and cover to steam for 5 minutes. Slice ¼ of a cucumber and reserve for serving, then juice remaining cucumber in a juicer and refrigerate until required.
  • 03
  • Bruise remaining lemon myrtle leaves in the base of a serving jug with a wooden spoon, add cucumber juice and half-fill jug with ice, then add lemon myrtle syrup to taste. Stir well, top up with soda water, pour into glasses, add cucumber slices and top with freshly ground pepperberries.

Note Lemon myrtle plants are available from native plant nurseries. Native pepperberry is available from Herbie's Spices (; if it's unavailable substitute black peppercorns. 

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
Signature Collection

Find out more about the Gourmet Traveller Signature Collection by Robert Gordon Australia, including where to buy it in store and online.

Read More
things to do this autumn

Whether it's foraging for wild mushrooms in a picturesque Victorian forest or watching a film by moonlight in Darwin, we've got you covered with 20 exciting autumn experiences from around Australia.

Read More
Gourmet TV

Check out our YouTube channel for our latest cover recipes, chef cooking demos, interviews and more.

Watch Now

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people

Featured in

Feb 2016

You might also like...



Bar H: Rob Choy

Pi Yi


Eight excellent gin cocktails



Fourteen ways with sparkling wine

Scottish Eggnog


Dulce de leche milkshake

Sparkling cherry crush


conversion tool

get the latest news

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.