Recipe

Cucumber cooler

This refreshing cucumber cooler recipe is the perfect drink to enjoy on a hot summer afternoon. Spike with honey for a sweet touch or enjoy the minty, limey goodness as is

By Julie Le Clerc
  • 10 mins preparation
  • 1 hr marinating
  • Serves 6
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Ingredients

  • 3 telegraph cucumbers
  • 8 fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 4 limes, 2 thinly sliced, 2 juiced
  • ice cubes, to serve
  • 2 tablespoon honey (optional)
  • 2 cup soda water, chilled

Method

  • 1
    Peel the cucumbers, reserving the peel for garnish. Cut cucumbers in half lengthways and run a teaspoon down the centre to remove and discard seeds. Coarsely chop cucumber flesh.
  • 2
    Place the cucumber flesh, mint leaves and water in a blender and puree. Pour the puree through a fine-mesh sieve set over a large bowl. Press down on the pulp with a spatula to extract as much juice as possible, so you end up with approximately 2 cups of juice. Chill for 1 hour.
  • 3
    In a large jug, add the cucumber juice and peel, sliced limes and juice and ice cubes. Stir in the honey if you like a slightly sweeter version. Top up with chilled soda water and stir to combine.

Notes

  • PER SERVE Energy 48kcal, 202kj • Protein 1.9g • Total Fat 0.2g • Saturated Fat 0g • Carbohydrate 8.1g • Fibre 2.2g • Sodium 29mg