In light of yesterday’s post on cucumbers, I thought it would be nice to make a lovely libation of cucumber and mint. It’s a great way to spice up you daily water intake and the best part about it is, you get to eat the cucumber garnishes when you’re finished. I hope you enjoy this refreshing drink as much as I do!
- 1/2 cucumber (organic is preferred — see yesterday’s post and the dirty dozen list to find out why)
- about 5 organic mint leaves
- 2 slices of lime
- 2 slices of lemon
- 1 tsp. homemade simple syrup
- 1 cup of ice
- 1 cup of plain club soda
- shaker (optional, 2 cups will work fine)
- muddler (optional, a spoon or a fork also work)
1. Grab about 5 mint leaves and rinse under water.
2. Add the mint leaves to the shaker.
3. Make the simple syrup: using a saucepan heat on low equal parts sugar and water until the mixture dissolves into a syrupy consistency.
4. Add about 1 tsp. of the simple syrup to the shaker on top of the mint leaves (use more or less depending on how you sweet you like it).
5. Use a muddler, spoon, or fork and muddle (in a pressing motion) the mint leaves and the syrup for a minute or so until you really start to smell the mint.
6. Add 1 cup of ice to the shaker.
7. Squeeze 2 wedges of lime and 2 wedges of lemon juice over the ice.
8. Add 1 cup of club soda to the shaker (I like to add enough to just cover the ice).
9. Put the shaker lids on and shake away!
10. Slice some cucumber garnishes any way you please and add to your glass.
11. Remove the lids to the shaker, and pour your drink.
What are your favorite refreshments to make?
I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below!