Cucumber Lemonade

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There are a few words that make you only think of summertime: ice cold lemonade.

Typically, I’m a water-aholic. I drink it all the time, all throughout the day, with every meal. I don’t even like the taste of soda (although I’m a sucker for homemade root beer). But- and this is a huge but – I love lemonade. Especially all the fun variations of lemonade – like the blackberry lemonade I posted last summer.

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This past weekend, I made cucumber lemonade, which is perfect because it’s more on the savory side.

I peeled, chopped, and put a few cucumbers into my food processor to puree. The cucumbers are filled with a lot of water, so it purees easily.

Unlike fruity lemonades, you need to strain the pureed cucumber through a steel mesh strainer to only collect the cucumber water (otherwise you’ll get the grimy cucumber remains in your teeth).

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Cucumber Lemonade
Serves 4
A summery & savory lemonade.
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups water
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. Zest of one lemon
  4. 1 cup lemon juice
  5. 2 cucumbers, peeled and loosely chopped
  6. 2 cups cold sparkling water
  7. Fresh mint sprigs and a few thin slices of cucumber for garnish
  8. Ice cubes for serving
Instructions
  1. Bring water and sugar to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and stir occasionally until all sugar has dissolved.
  2. Add lemon zest. Stir and remove from heat. Let cool completely on counter or in refrigerator. Using a steel mesh colander, strain the liquid into a pitcher for serving.
  3. Using a food processor or blender, puree cucumbers. Using the steel mesh colander, strain the cucumber water into the pitcher. Use the back of a wooden spoon to get as much liquid out of the cucumbers as possible. Also add lemon juice to pitcher.
  4. When ready to serve, add sparkling water to pitcher and stir. Fill serving glasses with ice, pour juice over ice, and top with a few sprigs of fresh mint and thin slices of cucumbers.
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