Cucumber Mint Water delights, cools, and refreshes even the thirstiest among us on hot, summer days. Mint, freshly plucked from my front porch is rinsed and patted dry. Cucumbers from a local farm are washed, then sliced thin. And that’s it. That’s the extent of complicated preparation necessary to make this delicious tonic.
I almost feel guilty calling it a recipe. I’d never had a drink like this until a few summers past, when a friend served it to me as I sat in her sun room. She had used mint from a pot on her back porch, along with the leaves from a rose scented geranium that grew right beside it. The resulting rose and mint water was an epiphany. I could do likewise. This Cucumber Mint Water is the result.
Fresh cucumber has been shown to inhibit the behavior of pro-inflammatory enzymes like COX-2. Rich in anti-oxidants, the juice has been touted as a great relief for any inflammatory ailment — from arthritis to heart conditions. Fresh mint has long been the wise woman’s go-to herb for easing digestive discomfort. It’s one of the few herbs that has had scientific research back up it’s legendary status among herbal enthusiasts, as a few studies have shown that it can help stop colitis and irritable bowel syndrome. Combine the two, and you get a powerhouse of soothing energy, a perfect remedy for days when you’ve seen a little too much heat or physical exertion.
Cucumber Mint Water
- 4 fresh mint leaves
- 15 super thin slices of cucumber
- 1 gallon of filtered water (where to buy water filters)
Stir everything together in a glass pitcher. Add some ice or put it in the fridge. Let the flavors mingle for a time. If you crush your mint leaves in the water, you can drink it as soon as the Cucumber Mint Water cools. If you want to keep them whole for presentation’s sake, you can drink the water after a few hours.
The Cucumber Mint Water will keep for several days in the fridge, but ours always disappears within minutes!
Add a the juice of half a lemon or lime for extra tang.
Add a few chunks of cut up summer melons like watermelon, cantaloupe, or honey dew for a pleasant sweetness.
Add a few slices of orange for a citrus overtone.
(photo by maecreative)