I came across the recipe for ‘Mean Green Cucumber Juice’ by Sunny Anderson, and I loved the green color. The fact that the juice was sweet, yet green made it an exciting recipe to try. I altered the recipe a bit, by flavoring the juice with mint, which added great flavor. I also reduced a lot of the sweetness, as I wanted the flavor of the cucumber to come out.
1 English cucumber
2 tbsp sugar
4 sprigs mint
1/4 cup water + 1/4 cup water(as needed to thin juice)
ice cubes, to serve
Start by placing the sugar and the 1/4 cup of water along with the sprigs of mint in a saucepan. Bring this to a boil and let it simmer until the sugar dissolves. Set this aside until completely cooled. Squeeze the mint and discard. Pour this mint flavored simple syrup into a blender.
Chop the cucumber and place it in the blender along with the remaining 1/4 cup of water. Blend until completely pureed. Pour over a strainer and drain completely, pressing with your fingers to extract every bit of juice. Serve this over ice in chilled glasses, garnished with a slice of cucumber.
Verdict: This is a very refreshing juice, perfect for summer days. I loved the emerald green color and its amazing the amount of minty flavor you obtain by just making a mint flavored simple syrup. The opportunities are endless as to the different variations you can create with this recipe. I am thinking about a ginger flavored simple syrup for the next time around.
Sending this cool cucumber delight to:
1. ‘Fun n Sun’ @ Tickling palates
2. ‘Seasonal Indlugence – Summer coolers’.
3. ‘Mocktails and Coolers’ event.
4. ‘Kids Delight – Cool Comforts’, event series by Srivalli and to
5. ‘Serve it – Chilled’ event series by me and Krithi of Krithi’s kitchen.
6. And finally to: ‘Show me your Summer coolers’ event.