Perfect for the summer weather, this cucumber juice not only refreshes you but provides the benefits of "cooling"
What is the temperature in your City?
I feel like as much as I was longing for summer to get to Florida, I am not ready for these constant 98 degrees at 10am. NOT!!
So I have resorted to cooling it down as much as possible with juices I love. Lemonades, lime juices, mocha shakes and now my cucumber juice.
Cucumber is that all cooling drink. You know "Cool as a Cucumber". And my mix of cucumber and a little lime juice does just that for this summer heat.
I first had cucumber juice in a Jamaican restaurant some years ago. It's not something we drink in Trinidad and Tobago. We use it for salads more than anything else. Anyway, I love looking in the fridge in Caribbean restaurants to see what combination of juices they have and was pleasantly surprised with the cucumber. It was so cool (sorry I just had to use it). Surely akin to coconut water, where it's amazingly refreshing but really doesn't have a distinct strong flavor.
Cucumber has it's health benefits. It is a great vegetable for vitamin A and aids in eye health, bone growth, and reproduction. It is also a great source of fiber and sodium.
But the best benefit of cucumber is the cooling. The juice of a cucumber helps to normalize your body's temperature and some people say as a result it's a great drink to have when you have a fever.
Let's ignore those benefits though and look at the most important thing, the taste of this drink.
Cucumbers are what, 90% water? So just imagine chilled water, with some lime juice and ginger? Refreshing enough?
I always ensure I use fresh cucumbers (organic is obviously much better). Cucumbers sometimes have worms in them, so keep an eye out.
Try to pick ones that are dark green and firm when you touch them. Avoid those that are starting to yellow, more chances they are starting to spoil.
The quality of the cucumbers make a difference to the taste, so really be careful of what you pick.
So go ahead and dive in!!
You need to stay hydrated!
Prep Time: 00:20
Cook Time: 00:00
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Ingredients (Serves 4)
- 1.5 lbs cucumber
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup lime juice
- 4.5 cups water
- Approx 28 grams fresh ginger
Wash and peel cucumbers
Cut cucumbers into chunks and add to blender with water to blend
Strain mixture through strainer, at least 2 times removing pulp
Add lime juice and sugar and grated ginger to strained cucumber juice
Adjust sugar to taste
Chill before serving
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