June 21, 2012

Anti-Recipe: Cucumber-Lime-Mint Water


Summer officially started yesterday and for anyone who has spent the season in the sweet south, you know how important it is to attempt to stay cool and hydrated. My first-choice cold beverage is un-sweet iced tea, preferably an entire pitcher that I can sip on throughout the day. However, I gave up caffeine a month or so ago and since then, haven’t had a drop of iced tea. I know I could drink decaf, but for now I’m on the wagon.

After my initial tea withdrawal symptoms (headaches, general fussiness, malaise…tee hee), I went through a major lemonade phase (which some might say is still going on….oh sugary lemonade, why must you taunt me so?). I’m trying to refrain from guzzling it daily, not wanting to replace one thing (caffeine) with another (sugar). Thanks to my mom, I think I’ve finally found my signature summer drink: cucumber water.

To make it, fill a large pitcher with water, add sliced cumbers, lime juice (or lemon juice) and a few sprigs of mint. Let this concoction sit in the fridge for maybe 24 hours and enjoy. It’s so refreshing and actually really good for you, as cucumber has some kind of detoxifying properties. Make sure you use organic cucumbers since most commercial varieties have that waxy coating on the outside. Feel free to go wild with herbs too, depending on what you like. I have a container herb garden stocked with a couple kinds of mint and lemon balm so I snipped a sprig of each and it tasted great.

I hope you are staying cool while the weather’s hot! What’s your favorite summertime drink?


  1. I do this all of the time. It's the only way I can get all of my water in every day!

  2. Kate, this looks SO yummy! I normally just drink a ton of lemon water but I'm going to have to branch out! When Michelle and I went for a weekend trip to Tucson, the resort we stayed at had giant pitchers of cucumber mint water and I loved it but never thought to do it at home! Can't wait to try it! -Jenn

  3. This sounds very refreshing. I absolutely love mint. Also, what is an anti-recipe?

  4. This does sound very refreshing. I'll need to try it.

  5. Smoky Mountain Brewery has a wonderful cucumber martini...just right for summer!
    So...no sugar or splenda in it at all???

  6. That does sounds refreshing! I need to find something to spark up my water, or I'm going to head straight for the pre-mixed margarita bottle instead ;-) Thanks for the idea! I'm Pinning it!

  7. Thanks for sharing. I wonder if this is how they made that delicious water they had at the W for the skirt! conference last year.


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