Wednesday, July 7, 2010

4 Recipe #134: Cucumber-Lime-Mint Soda Water - A Gigantic Glass of Green Glacial Goodness :)

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Now that a major heatwave has struck the East Coast, which is rather unusual for this time of year -- it reached 100°F here yesterday & 101°F today, & it's only the beginning of July! -- it's the perfect time to have some fun & try out some new summer beverage recipes. And of course, I'm here to help you with that part. :)

After all, nothing says summer heat relief quite like a glass pitcher filled with some ice & a refreshingly cold beverage. :)

So, here's a recipe for cucumber-lime-mint soda water to help you stay cool & hydrated. You know, like the kind they sometimes serve at spas. ;) Now you can make your own.

The below recipe smells as good as it tastes. It has a really clean, fresh taste & really hits the spot, especially on a sizzling summer's day! It also has a tad bit of salt, as it's not only important to hydrate but also to replace the sodium we've lost when we're outside in the sweltering heat.

Since it's still hot as blazes outside & there's no sign of a reprieve just yet, expect some more recipes for ice-cold beverages, as well as some frozen treats. :)

Cucumber-Lime-Mint Soda Water

1 liter (1 qt. + 1.8 fl. oz.) seltzer water (1 bottle)
1/2 tsp. sea salt
2 c. cucumber, sliced crosswise into thin (1/8") rounds (about 1 large cucumber)
1/2 c. lime, sliced crosswise into thin (1/4") rounds (about 1 large lime)
1 Tbsp. mint, finely minced
1 c. ice cubes

Directions: Add mint & limes to a glass pitcher. Mull these ingredients by pressing them against the sides of the pitcher with a spoon. Add all other ingredients to pitcher & stir. Place into the refrigerator and allow flavors to meld for at least a half hour before serving. Add ice cubes immediately before serving. Serve & enjoy!

Yield: About 1 qt. + 10 fl. oz. (or 42 fl. oz.).

Chef's Notes: Open seltzer water bottle very carefully; it's a carbonated beverage & will explode if opened too quickly! Also, please be aware that sea salt will fizzle in seltzer water. This is normal. :)


ladonna jones said...

I'm surprised there's no sugar or time to steep. Gonna try anyway because the pic is gorgeous. I would also consider adding gin or tequila

Cyberpenguin said...

Thanks, LaDonna! Hope you like it. It's actually not supposed to be a sweet drink, but rather a savory one, although I guess if you wanted to make it into a sweet drink, you could add some honey. My blog is advertised as a healthy recipe blog, so that's why you won't see any refined sugar in any of the recipes.

If you'd like to allow the flavors to meld for a bit longer, you can always put it in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. If you're short on time, I recommend allowing the drink to steep in the fridge for at least a half hour minimum before serving, so that all of the ingredients will have a chance to meld properly.

Let me know how the drink turns out for you.


Tania said...

I had a drink similar to this at a hotel in key west. I was interested in what it was made with hence me posting here. This was absolutely delicious and quenched my thirst, even the kids 4 and 6 yrs old like it. I recommend to anyone who likes mint and lime natural flavored.

Corey Irwin (Cyberpenguin) said...

Tania: Yes, it's a very refreshing drink. Hope you enjoy making the recipe!

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