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Jul 03 2014

Cucumber Mint Lemonade

Cucumber Mint Lemonade | The Little Epicurean

Cucumber water is the quintessential spa beverage.  I would know because I am a spa addict.  Ever since my mom first took me to get a facial when I was around 16, I’ve been hooked.  Relaxing and being pampered is my favorite way to spend the day.

While most ladies look forward to a bachelorette party filled with bottle service, nightclubs, and excitement, I’m pretty sure mine is going to be a weekend at some swanky spa.

Cucumber Mint Lemonade | The Little Epicurean

With hot weather and sunny days ahead, it’s time to come up with all sorts of lemonades, iced teas, and fruity beverages to take to the beach or enjoy poolside.  This one has become my favorite!  Cucumber mint lemonade takes three super hydrating ingredients and combines them for the ultimate summertime refresher.

Cucumber Mint Lemonade | The Little Epicurean

Charlie is finding new and funny ways to get my attention these days.  I’ve been super busy trying to catch up on a million different tasks, prepping for summer vacation with my family, testing a bunch of new recipes, and working on some new projects- that sometimes I forget it’s time to take Charlie on our afternoon walk.  I’m not sure if Charlie can tell time or what, but at 4 pm every afternoon he’ll find a way to remind me.  This particular afternoon had the most perfect lighting and I was lost snapping away taking more pictures than I needed.  Finally Charlie had had enough and decided to photobomb my photo session.  I laughed, stopped what I was doing, and took him for a long walk.

Cucumber Mint Lemonade |The Little Epicurean

So back to this drink; I love cucumber water and I drink it regularly.  I find it so fresh and cooling.  But by adding some mint and lemon, it becomes an even fancier drink.  With this cucumber mint lemonade in tow, I feel like I’m relaxing at the spa, waiting to be called in for my 2pm massage appointment. Ahhhh…

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Cucumber Mint Lemonade

Yield: makes about 1 quart

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup Persian cucumber (English cucumbers or hot house cucumbers), peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup mint leaves
  • 1 cup fresh squeeze lemon juice

Directions:

  1. In a small sauce pot, combine sugar and 1/2 cup water.  Bring to a boil until sugar dissolves.  Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  2. In a blender, combine cucumbers, mint leaves, lemon juice, and slightly cooled simple syrup.  Puree until smooth.
  3. Strain through a fine strainer (or cheesecloth).  Pour lemonade into a pitcher.  Add remaining 2 cups of water.  Stir to combine.  Keep chilled until ready to serve.

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2 Responses to “Cucumber Mint Lemonade”

  1. July 3, 2014
    7:10 pm
    Cathy Perez says...

    I think your pictures should include more of Charlie…by the way your drink looks yummy!

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      I think Charlie agrees! He actually loves being photographed, I just don’t know how to incorporate him into my food posts. However, his birthday is coming up… so a peanut butter dog bone cake is in order. :)

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