3tablespoonssugaruse honey, agave, or maple syrup for healthy alternatives.
3tablespoonslime juicefresh is preferred
ice cubesas required
lime rings and mint leaves for garnishing
Cut 3-4 very thin slices of a medium English 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 into small pieces.
Add the chopped cucumber to a blender along with sugar, mint leaves, and 1 cup of water.
Blend until smooth.
Pass the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer. Use a spoon or a spatula to press the pulp and get the maximum liquid out of it. Discard the pulp.
Stir in 3 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice, 1 teaspoon black salt, and the remaining 2 cups of water with the cucumber juice.
Add one or two thin slices of cucumber and 3-4 ice cubes to each glass. Pour the drink into the glasses. Garnish the cucumber cooler with a few lime rings and mint leaves. Serve immediately.
Add a little ginger while blending, it gives a nice taste to the cooler.You can replace mint with basil or rosemary leaves.You can replace sugar with salt to make this drink savory. You can easily double or triple this recipe if you are planning to prepare it for a large crowd.Boozy - You can add a splash of vodka, white rum, gin, or tequila to the cooler.Coconut water – Replace regular water with coconut water for a healthier drink.Instead of water, sparkling wateror club soda can also be used.