This cucumber lemonade is a spa-in-a-glass! It’s not overly sweet, with a healthy balance of tangy lemon juice and refreshing cucumber flavor. A hint of mint adds a cooling backdrop.
- 1 pound cucumbers (about 2 medium), divided
- 5 – 6 medium lemons, divided
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup packed fresh mint leaves
- 4 cups cold water, divided
- Ice cubes
- Step 1
Thinly slice 1 cucumber and 1 lemon to measure 1/3 cup slices each; set both aside for garnish.
Coarsely chop the remaining cucumber to yield about 3 cups; place in a medium bowl. Juice the remaining lemons to yield 1 cup juice. Add the juice to the bowl with the chopped cucumber. Add sugar and mint; stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is chilled and the sugar dissolves, about 30 minutes.
Pour the cucumber mixture into a blender and blend until smooth, about 20 seconds. Add 1 cup water and blend again. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher; discard solids. Stir the remaining 3 cups water into the pitcher and garnish with the reserved cucumber and lemon slices. Serve over ice.
Serving Size: 1 cup Per Serving: 82 calories; protein 1g; carbohydrates 21g; dietary fiber 1g; sugars 19g; added sugar 17g; vitamin a iu 196IU; vitamin c 18mg; folate 20mg; vitamin k 4mg; sodium 8mg; calcium 23mg; iron 1mg; magnesium 13mg; phosphorus 17mg; potassium 136mg.