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Cucumber-Mint Water

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Serves 7

Yields 1-3/4 quarts

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 111

This lightly sweetened cucumber-flavored water is enhanced with fresh mint and a touch of lemon juice; a DIY (and healthier) version of the flavored waters that are all the rage.

  • 1/4 cup lightly packed fresh mint leaves
  • 2 Tbs. granulated sugar
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 medium English cucumber (about 1 lb.), peeled, seed core removed, and cut into chunks (2 1/2 cups)
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice

Put the mint leaves and sugar in a small pot and crush the leaves with a wooden spoon. Pour in the boiling water and stir until the sugar dissolves. Set aside to steep and cool for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a blender, purée the cucumber with 2 cups cold water. Strain the cucumber liquid and mint liquid through a fine strainer into a large bowl; discard the solids. Pour the liquid into a large pitcher. Add the lemon juice and 3 cups cold water; stir to combine. Serve over ice.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 20; Fat (g): fat g 0; Fat Calories (kcal): 0; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 0; Protein (g): protein g 0; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 0; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 5; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 0; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 0; Fiber (g): fiber g 0;

Photo: Scott Phillips

I have made this twice now and both time it has been a big hit! Very refreshing, second time I doubled the batch. I probably use more mint than called for just because I don't measure and have lots in my container on the deck.

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