• Cucumber Mint Lemonade

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The Perfect Summer Beverage

By Andrew Zimmern

Everyone will love this refreshing cucumber-and-mint infused lemonade at your next backyard party.

Cucumber-Mint Lemonade

  • Servings: makes 1 gallon

Ingredients

  • 2  1/2 quarts cold water
  • 1  3/4 cups white cane sugar
  • 2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 conventional cucumbers
  • 1 cup packed mint leaves

Instructions

Lemonade Base

Combine water, sugar and lemon juice in a pitcher or large container with a cover. Whisk by hand until the sugar is dissolved.

Cucumber Juice

Peel the cucumbers and slice them down the middle. Scoop out and discard the seeds. Chop roughly and puree in a food processor. Place the pulp in a fine mesh strainer over a bowl, and press out the juice…or let sit overnight. You will need 1  1/3 cup of cucumber juice.

Puree the mint leaves and cucumber juice together in a blender. Add to the lemonade base. Stir to combine. The lemonade lasts for 3 days before the lemon loses its acidity; the cucumber/mint juice will last for a day or two before the mint starts to turn brown.

NOTE If you have a juicer, you can juice the herbs and cucumber together and skip the straining and blending process.

Photograph by Madeleine Hill. 

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