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Refreshing Cucumber Mint Tonic

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

refreshing cucumber mint tonic – cheers to health

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.

Refreshing 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.

Refreshing Cucumber Mint Tonic

Refreshing Cucumber Mint Tonic

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.

Refreshing Cucumber Mint Tonic

Refreshing Cucumber Mint Tonic

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!

refreshing cucumber mint tonic – cheers to health

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 4 small cucumbers – peeled
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves – loosely packed

Instructions

  1. Make the simple syrup. In a small saucepan, heat up bring honey and 1 cup water over medium-high heat. Stir constantly until dissolved. Remove from heat.
  2. Once cooled, blend with all other ingredients. Pour into glass container and refrigerate for a couple hours (overnight is best).
  3. Strain mixture, and serve with fresh mint leaves for garnish.
http://spicedcuriosity.com/refreshing-cucumber-mint-tonic/

I shared this with Waste Not Want Not WednesdayGluten-Free Friday, and Clever Chicks.

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4 Comments

  1. Posted June 8, 2014 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    perfect summer recipe!! looks so good!
    x
    laura&nora

    • admin
      Posted June 8, 2014 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

      Thank you Laura ‘n Nora! Hope you had a great weekend. :)

  2. Marissa
    Posted June 5, 2014 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    I need this for summer!

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