Cucumber Lemonade ♥

"St Louis is a very green city," new friends from New York remarked during a recent house-hunting visit.

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:
CUCUMBER LEMONADE
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Hands-on time: 25 minutes
Time to table: 2 hours
Serves 8
Weight Watchers 2 points
NetCarb 29

SIMPLE SYRUP
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.

CUCUMBER LEMONADE
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.

NUTRITION ESTIMATE
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



(c) Copyright 2006 Kitchen Parade

7 comments:

I love it! What a fabulous color, and I'm so intrigued by the ingredients. I've added it to the list and can't wait to try it!

Oh I bet that's really good! cucumber and lemon are both so refreshing, I bet they are great in tandem.

that's wild - I'll try it!

Yum! My massage therapist serves that instead of the regular bottle water after a massage, with the exception that there's no sugar. I like it that way. Both are good. I like the taste of the sweet at times and of the clearness of the unsweet too. Good job entertaining!

I too find it beautiful and intriquing! I will have to try that.

Whoah - most interesting indeed! (Have just bookmarked the recipe)

beautiful color1! cucumbers are so healthy and cooling for the body...I'd add some salt pepper and eat them just like that...they have such a nice flavor, but your lemondae sounds a better way to intake these!!:)

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