Try this thirst quenching, uber healthy melon and cucumber mock-tail this summer.
I thought instead of a boozy start to the summer, I’d give my liver a rest from my daughter’s recent wedding and a re-boot. I would make something full of yummy, but very healthy things.
Melons are in season right now. you can find honeydew, watermelons and more and what could be more refreshing this summer than a beautiful honeydew with cucumber, ginger and fresh, tangy lime juice?
I whipped up this drink in under 15 minutes including chopping time.
Instead of a simple syrup, the drink is sweetened with a touch of agave. Yes- it would be amazing with tequila, so if you really need that cocktail- feel free to indulge.
Happy Summer everyone!
Cucumber Melon Aqua Fresca
6 cups cubed honey dew melon- about one large melon
4 cups peeled and chopped cucumber- about 2 medium cucumbers
2 TBSP fresh ginger, minced
2 TBSP agave
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
basil plus extra for garnish
mint plus extra for garnish
Method- total time 15 minutes. Serves 3
- Place cucumbers, melon, agave, ginger, lime juice and a large sprig of basil & mint in a heavy duty blender such as a Ninja.
Process until smooth.
- With a mesh sieve, strain solids from liquid reserving the liquid in a large pitcher.
- Pour liquid into glasses filled with ice. Garnish with extra basil, mint or a thin slice of cucumber.