Then without realizing beforehand, I proceeded to prove them right in an unexpected way, by serving a "very green meal", starting with an unusual tasting, surprisingly delicious and completely refreshing cucumber lemonade.
FOR THE RECORD ... This one's for Weekly Dish, who's collecting favorite summer beverages!
FROM THE ARCHIVES ... Two other great make-ahead vegetable-based drinks:
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Hands-on time: 25 minutes
Time to table: 2 hours
Weight Watchers 2 points
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
Bring the water and sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan. Let boil softly for about 3 minutes.
2 English cucumbers, stem and flower ends sliced off, cut in large chunks
Juice of 2 large lemons
Cold club soda
Rounds of lemon and cucumber
Puree the cucumbers in a food processor until completely smooth. Transfer to a chinois / china cap positioned over a large bowl and press to separate cucumber juice from solids. Strain again through a mesh strainer. Stir in lemon juice and simple syrup. Chill until ready to serve.
Fill champagne or other glasses 1/4 to 1/2 full with mixture. Fill with cold club soda. If desired, garnish each glass with rounds of lemon and/or cucumber.
If Serving 8: 112 Cal (1% from Fat, 2% from Protein, 98% from Carb); 1 g Protein; 0 g Tot Fat; 0 g Sat Fat; 29 g Carb; 0 g Fiber; 13 mg Calcium; 0 mg Iron; 2 mg Sodium; 0 mg Cholesterol; Weight Watchers 2 points