I guarantee you will be delighted with this crisp and thirst-quenching non-alcoholic drink. I served it with dinner the other night, however my intention had been to serve it in the afternoon with some light refreshments or with lunch. And when you are hot in the afternoon the way I was when we came home from the beach, this drink really hit the spot. The prep work is a little bit of work but the end result is terrific.
3 cucumbers – peeled, seeded, coarsely chopped
1/4 -1/2 cup water
1/2 cup of fresh mint leaves
1 lime thinly sliced
1 bottle of club soda
2 TBS agave nectar or honey
Puree the cucumbers and water in a blender. Pour through a fine sieve, pressing on the solids – you should have about 2 cups of cucumber juice (it will be slightly thick) Refrigerate overnight if desired or for at least a couple of hours.
When you are ready to serve, place the mint leaves in the pitcher and bruise lightly. Add the cucumber juice and the lime slices. The recipe called for 24 ounces of club soda, I used a whole bottle of seltzer instead. Add the agave nectar and stir to combine.
To serve: Pour over ice-filled glasses and enjoy!
recipe from Martha Stewart Every Day Food
Footnote: I prepared my batch in a covered pitcher (although not airtight) and even the next day there was enough fizz in the mixture to make it delicious and refreshing.