A Sarcastic Appetite

Cucumber Mint Agua Fresca
July 27, 2011, 6:57 am
Filed under: Index of Recipes, Recipes

Sometimes, the occasion calls for something non-alcoholic. I know, I know – but sometimes you have an adorable friend who’s pregnant and manning the grill on the occasion of her adorable husband’s birthday, and as the resident drink expert, you need to find something appropriate. This is just that thing. The only thing I changed here was to add less sugar and a bit more mint. It’s deliciously refreshing, especially on a hot summer’s day when you’re slinging burgers and dogs – or even when you have nothing to do except lounge around the pool, as was the case with me. It was wonderful.

Then, if you’re not the one who’s pregnant, you can take it to the next level with a splash of sparkling wine, or maybe Pimm’s….Go ahead, get after it – it’s summertime!

Cucumber Mint Agua Fresca

From Furey and the Feast. Makes about 4 c.

1 lb. (1 large) cucumber, seeded and diced

6 c. water, divided

1/3 c. mint leaves, chopped

1 Tbsp. sugar

juice from 1 lime

Combine the cucumbers and mint and 2 c. of water in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth and combined. Let sit for at least 5 minutes to allow the mint leaves to steep. Strain the puree into a large pitcher (cheesecloth would help here) and add the remaining 4 c. of water, lime juice, and sugar. Taste and adjust as you like. Garnish with mint leaves and/or thin cucumber slices.

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