We are being overtaken by cucumbers! OK a slight exaggeration but the garden is producing more than we can eat right now. So today I decided to try some in a drink hence we had Cucumber Lemonade for lunch. The taste was slightly tart and we enjoyed the texture of the added pulp. I might even try more cucumber in the next batch. I always thought of cucumbers as low in nutrients, but apparently not. For those who are interested cucumber juice is rich in potassium, silica, manganese, sulfur, vitamin A, vitamin C, folate and chlorophyll. The nutrients in cucumbers help to improve and maintain healthy skin, nails and hair. But best of all it tasted great!
So if you have extra cucumbers growing in your garden you can give some away to the neighbours but why not turn some into a refreshing Cucumber Lemonade drink. Cucumber lemonade is surprisingly tart and the texture adds a nice touch.
- 2/3 cup water
- 2/3 cup lemon juice (juice of 4-6 lemons)
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 3 cups cold water
- 1/2 large cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
- Juice 4-6 lemons to make 2/3 cup juice including pulp.
- Make simple syrup by heating the sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved completely.
- Combine lemon juice with syrup above. Add 3 cups cold water.
- In food processor or blender, puree cucumber until smooth. Add lemonade mixture and blend until combined.
- Chill and serve.
Yield: 4 servings