A refreshing summer recipe that is made with a fantastic combination of cucumber and mint leaves, this cucumber cooler will surely give you some relief from the scorching heat outside.
Looking for more summer drinks, here are some more that will give you an instant relief from the scorching heat – Blueberry Mojito, Virgin Mojito, Apple Iced Tea, Watermelon Juice, Mango Mojito and Strawberry Lemonade.
About This Recipe
Cucumber cooler is a refreshing summer drink that is made with the goodness of cucumbers and mint. Sugar is added to the cooler to make it sweet and lime juice and black salt add a little twist of tangy and salty taste to it.
Add in some ice cubes and water and stir it to make this delectable cooler. You can even add a little ginger, it gives a nice taste to the cooler.
If you can find fresh basil in the market, it tastes amazing in this drink and you can use it as a substitute for mint.
Cucumber cooler gets ready in no time, which means you don’t have to spend more time in the kitchen in this scorching heat.
You can substitute cucumber with fruits like orange, kiwi, or strawberry to make another refreshing drink, depending on what fruit is in season.
This Cucumber Cooler is,
- Easy to make
- A great way to get relief from the heat
Cucumber: The key ingredient of this drink is cucumber. It is very hydrating, as it is one of the vegetables with the highest water content. Just peel the cucumber, chop it finely and then grind it with other ingredients.
I try to use English cucumber to make this drink as it has very few seeds and is very flavorful. But you can use anyone that is easily available to you.
Mint Leaves: These add a refreshing taste to this cucumber cooler. Make sure you use fresh mint, to get the most taste out of it. You can even replace mint with basil or rosemary leaves.
Lime: Lime juice adds the much-needed tanginess to this drink, and tastes great with the combination of mint and cucumber.
Sugar: Add a little sugar to make it sweet, you can even skip the sugar, add some salt, and make this drink savory. It tastes great both ways. You can even add honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar instead of sugar for a healthy alternative.
Sugar free alternatives like stevia or monk fruit also works fine.
Black Salt: With the sweet taste from sugar and tanginess from lime, a little salt really makes the difference in this drink. If black salt is not available, you can add regular salt too.
Ice Cubes: Making it chilled is very important for summers. You can either add crushed ice or ice cubes to the glass before pouring this drink.
Water – I have added water to this drink but you can definitely add soda or sparkling water.
How to make Cucumber Cooler?
Cut 3-4 very thin slices of cucumber for garnishing. I used a vegetable peeler and peeled along the length of the cucumber to get thin long slices. You can also use a sharp knife to cut the slices. Peel the remaining cucumber and chop it into small pieces. Add the chopped cucumber to a blender along with sugar, mint leaves, and 1 cup of water.
Blend everything together until smooth.
Strain the mixture using a soup strainer. Use a spoon to mash the pulp and get the maximum liquid out of it. Discard the pulp.
Add lime juice, black salt and remaining water in the cucumber juice.
Add one thin slice of cucumber in each glass and put some ice cubes. Pour the drink into the glass. Garnish the cucumber cooler with a few lime ring and mint leaves. Serve immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions
It depends on you! I like to peel it, to get a smooth cucumber mixture, but if you do not mind the dark green peel in your drinks, you can grind them without peeling too.
While chopping the cucumber, I always remove the seeds and then chop them to make juice. It gives a smooth texture to the cooler, otherwise, the seeds can come into your mouth.
But sometimes cucumbers are even seedless, so just peel them and chop them to use in the cooler.
You can easily double or triple this recipe if you are planning to prepare it for a large crowd.
It depends on you! I always prefer to add in freshly squeezed lime juice, as I feel delivers a much better taste than store-bought lime juice. But yes, if you do not have lemons at home, you can definitely use store-bought.
Pro Tips By Neha
Taste the cucumber before using, sometimes they turn out bitter, which will ruin the taste of your cooler too.
If you want to avoid sugar, you can add in honey for a healthy alternative.
If you are preparing it for a party, make the cucumber mint leaves mixture beforehand and store it in the fridge. Later you just have to add lime juice, black salt, water, and some ice cubes.
Use fresh mint leaves for the best taste. Avoid using the wilted ones.
Boozy – Maybe you can try cucumber cooler with vodka or with gin or even tequila!
You just have added to add a little of your favorite alcohol in this cooler to make a refreshing alcoholic summer drink.
Coconut water – Replace regular water with coconut water for a healthier drink.
Instead of water, sparkling water or soda can also be added to this cocktail.
Make a big batch of cucumber mint cooler and store it in a jar in the refrigerator, so that you can sip it the whole day, whenever you are thirsty or feel dehydrated. Don’t store this cooler for more than a day, because it tastes best when it is made fresh.
If you want to make it ahead of time, you can store the cucumber mixture which is prepared with cucumber, sugar, mint leaves, and water. Strain and store in the fridge in a glass jar until you are ready to use it. Do not keep the cucumber mixture stored for more than a day.
Add lime juice, black salt, water, and some ice cubes, mix and serve it fresh.
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Cucumber Cooler Recipe
- 1 medium English cucumber
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 6-8 mint leaves
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 teaspoon black salt
- ice cubes (as required)
- 3 cups water (chilled)
- lime rings and mint leaves for garnishing
- Cut 3-4 very thin slices of cucumber for garnishing. I used a vegetable peeler and peeled along the length of the cucumber to get thin long slices. You can also use a sharp knife to cut the slices. Peel the remaining cucumber and chop it into small pieces. Add the chopped cucumber to a blender along with sugar, mint leaves, and 1 cup of water.
- Strain the mixture using a soup strainer. Use a spoon to mash the pulp and get the maximum liquid out of it. Discard the pulp.
- Add lime juice, black salt, and remaining water in the cucumber juice.
- Take 2 glasses and add one thin slice of cucumber to each glass. Add a few ice cubes to each glass. Pour the drink into the glasses. Garnish with lime ring and mint leaves. Serve immediately.
You just have added to add a little of your favorite alcohol in this cooler to make a refreshing alcoholic summer drink. Coconut water – Replace regular water with coconut water for a healthier drink. Instead of water, sparkling water or soda can also be added to this cocktail.