Monday, March 4, 2013

Cucumber Lemonade

munchie musings cucumber lemonade

If you want something light and refreshing, cucumber flavored water is a good choice. Slice some cucumbers, throw them in a pitcher of water, and let the water become infused with the cucumber flavor.

Another light and refreshing twist? Cucumber lemonade. Now I will tell you that it was from the Papa Dale's Diner truck that I first had it. Keith was serving it last September at Truckin on the River. Meanwhile, I have a Eureka lemon tree with hundreds of lemons on it. My tree is about 25 feet tall, so it's an old one and it is quite fruitful.

Cucumber lemonade

For this version I didn't infuse the water. Instead I pulled out my juicer and juiced half a cucumber. If you don't want the green tinge, then be sure to peel your cucumber first.  If you want to infuse the water, then start the day before by thinly slicing a whole cucumber and let it sit in the 4 cups of water in the refrigerator overnight.
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 a cucumber juiced or 1 cucumber thinly sliced
  • 4 cups cold water
Make a simple syrup: Combine the cup of sugar and cup of water in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until the sugar is well dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

In a large pitcher, mix together the lemon and cucumber juices with the simple syrup. Add the 4 cups of cold water. Mix well and refrigerate for an hour. Serve cold over extra slices of lemon and cucumber.

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