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…

    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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    Comments

    Cathy Perez

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

      Maryanne Cabrera

      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. :)

    Sarah @ SnixyKitchen

    I could drink this every single day – wishing a had a glass to relax after the whirlwind couple of days we had!

    And PS. Your bachelorette party idea sounds just like mine (adding a fancy restaurant to cap it off, of course:).

      Maryanne Cabrera

      It has definitely been a long and exhausting (but fun) weekend! Yes, a fancy restaurant is a must. :)

    The Steaming Pot

    This looks gorgeous! I’m not a fan of cucumber in general, but this recipe gives me hope – I think I’ll be able to have it as juice when combined with ingredients like mint and lemon. Will give it a try, thank you :-)

      Maryanne Cabrera

      Thanks! The cucumber juice doesn’t provide a lot of taste, but it does make the drink super refreshing :) I hope you like it!

    Miss Brunette Brontë

    This lemonade was absolutely amazing! Not too sweet and so refreshing. Steadily using up my cucumber laden-garden with this!

    Mia

    This looks delicious! I’m thinking of making this into an adult version, what do you suggest I use for this? I want to keep the drink refreshing but still with the kick. :)

      Maryanne Cabrera

      Hi Mia! I suggest using a floral gin like Hendrick’s. It pairs really well with cucumber drinks.

    Manju | Cooking Curries

    Hi Maryanne, I loved your recipe and have included it in a lemonade round up on BuzzFeed. Do take a look and show some love :) https://www.buzzfeed.com/manjumahadevan/21-incredibly-refreshing-lemonades-you-need-to-dri-1ykl9

    Khanh

    Why does mine look super green not yellow? Hmm still tastes, good but looks like a health food drink not lemonade :(