thirsty thursday: cucumber limeade

Posted on Jul 7, 2011 in Food

I teased this drink a little bit on Tuesday, but trust me, it was so hard not to shout from the rooftops about how absolutely incredible, refreshing and delicious this recipe is!

When I was trying to think of recipes to use up my cucumber overload, I really wanted to try something that stepped out of the box. My thought process went something like this:

I need a Thirsty Thursday drink. And I should really use up some cucumbers. Oh yeah, there was a Gilmore Girls episode where they kept drinking cucumber water. Maybe I should do that. Nah. “Add cucumber to water” is not a recipe. What if I added sugar? Then it’d be like a cucumber-ade. Or maybe just add the lemon. Cucumber lemonade! GENIUS.

*Google it.*

Wait, people make cucumber limeade? That’s even genius-y-er!

The result is delicious. I really am not sure there is a better hot weather beverage out there. This was so delicious it actually made me want to go to the gym and sweat a ton so I could come home and have a refreshing glass of cucumber limeade. While Babyface was drinking his glass, he kept saying “Mmm. This is so good.” after every sip. Ad-dict-ting.

Before diving into making the limeade, you’ll need to make simple syrup. Simple syrup is something good to always have around if you are a frequent cocktail and beverage maker. We just keep a bottle of it in the fridge at all times. To make simple syrup, just boil equal parts sugar and water until the sugar is completely dissolved.

Cucumber Limeade

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Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 large cucumber, peeled and sliced into chunks
  • Juice of 3 limes
  • 1/2-1 cup simple syrup
  • Water

Directions:

  1. In a blender, add cucumber, lime juice, simple syrup and water to within an inch of the top.
  2. Blend until cucumbers are well chopped. Strain through a strainer.
  3. Serve over ice.

What’s your favorite summer drink?

 

22 Comments

  1. YES! YES! Yes! {i.heart.you}

    • <3 back. :D

  2. Cucumber is definitely one of my favorite drink ingredients. In fact I found a cucumber vodka this past fall and have been pairing it with club soda and limes and it is the bomb. So fresh and crisp tasting! You could try making a homemade version of the vodka (or even gin!) with all the cucumbers you have!

    • Mmm! Cucumber vodka. YUM. I’ll definitely have to try that. :D

  3. oo you need to try cucmber/mint martini’s soo tasty! good idea i’ll be making this!

    • YUM! That sounds delicious. :D

  4. UHHHHmazing. This sounds so, so refreshing. Do you think it would work if you juiced the cucumber in a juicer and then added the rest of the ingredients as well? Or should it be blended?

    • Hmm, I don’t see why not! I just hate cleaning my juicer. :P

  5. I have a lonely cucumber at home so I’ll be trying this one :)

    • Definitely try it out tonight! Do not wait! :D

  6. Looks great- love anything with cuke in cuke in it!

    • I can’t wait to get home from work and have some more. :P

  7. looks so refreshing! I love that! :)

    • It is super refreshing!

  8. A white sangria is one of my favorite summer drinks; taking advantage of all the in-season summer fruits!

    But I love cucumber in my gin and tonic! Cucumber limeade will be my next venture! Sounds refreshing and yummy!

    • Yum! I made some white sangria last weekend and it was a hit with the family!

  9. Loved this!!! I don’t like overly sweet drinks so I only added half the simple syrup! But it is sooooooo good and refreshing! Thanks!

    • Yay! So glad you liked it. I left the simple syrup as a range because people are so different on how they like their drinks. I like mine not-so-sweet, too!

  10. I’ve been looking for ways to cut back on my soda intake, so I’ve been trying fruit teas, i came across a cucumber white tea/mint from Tazo. then i saw this recipe and i’m sooooooo going to try and infuse your recipe with the tea and some sparkling water for those yummy bubbles. Can’t wait to try your recipe ^__^

    • Oooh! Sparkling water would make it so much fun! Let me know how you like it. :)

  11. Supper yummy with Segrams Gin and Lime, plus tonic water- not too heavy, but even fresher then regular gin and tonic with the cucumber flavors- Thanks for the recipe!

  12. OMG just tried your cucumber lemonade and I love. No cucumber will be safe in my house. Had to tweak it a little. I used lemon juice and agave sweetener and splendor. Really did not need to strain it but I did. I also put a spoon of the froth on top it made it cute and wash quite fun to taste.. Thank you for this quick and easy drink. Anymore simple drink recipes in your cupboard?

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