What’s more refreshing than drinking your veggies? Ever since the greenmarket started overflowing with spring vegetables and fruit, I’ve been hankering for more fresh juices. Rhubarb lemonade! Spinach beet juice! Celery agua fresca! (Just kidding on that last one…maybe.) And now, cucumber mint tonic.
Cucumber and mint work together as seamlessly avocado and lime, but here’s the kicker: add in a hearty amount of apple cider vinegar. Yes, the stuff you use to attract houseflies and soothe sunburns. Shockingly, when mixed with cukes and mint the result is sweet, rejuvenating, and tangy in the best way. I found out this fun food fact thanks to The New Persian Kitchen on Genius Recipes.
The fresh veggies, cleansing vinegar, and raw honey make it a go-to summer beverage. The cucumber douses you in lignans (healthy substances found in cruciferous veggies like kale and alliums like garlic), and the ACV is a fermented juice that offers plenty of vitamins and minerals. Personally I can’t wait to stock up on this drink for upcoming park picnics! And if you’re feeling less health-forward…this would go great with a lil’ gin.
To spice up the mix a little, serve some funky ice cubes alongside it. Make a separate batch of the honey-water and puree with 1/2 peeled cucumber and 2 mint leaves. Or just break out some ridiculously cute straws.
Hope y’all enjoy the drink!