Made with all fresh ingredients, this mint-cucumber lemonade is the perfect combination of sweet and tart for the ultimate thirst quencher on warm days.
For Mint Simple Syrup
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups water
3–4 fresh mint sprigs
For Mint-Cucumber Lemonade
1 1/2 cups cucumber juice from about three to four cucumbers
5 1/2 cups filtered water, plus a splash
1 1/2 cups lemon juice from about 10-12 lemons (see note)
Additional fresh mint sprigs, optional, for garnish
Additional lemon slices, optional, for garnish
Additional cucumber slices, optional, for garnish
- For the mint simple syrup, add the sugar, water and mint sprigs to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Once the sugar dissolves, turn off the heat and allow the mint sprigs to steep for about 10 minutes. Remove the mint sprigs.
- Cut off the end pieces of the cucumbers and peel. Roughly slice into small chunks. Add a small amount of cucumber chunks to a blender with a splash of water and puree until smooth. Continue adding a few cucumber chunks at a time and puree until all the cucumber has been processed.
- In the sink, place a bowl or measuring cup under a fine-mesh sieve. Pour the cucumber puree into the fine-mesh sieve and allow to drain until you have 1 1/2 cups. Although you can use a cheesecloth in the fine-mesh sieve for extra straining, it’s not necessary. If you have more than 1 1/2 cups of cucumber juice, you can freeze it for another time.
- Pour the mint simple syrup, cucumber juice, filtered water and lemon juice into a large pitch. Stir to combine and chill until ready to serve. If desired, garnish the pitcher or glasses with fresh mint sprigs, lemon slices and cucumber slices. Enjoy!
- To get the most juice out of your lemons, I recommend putting them in the microwave for about 30 seconds and then using a juicer.
- If you’d like to add alcohol directly to the lemonade, add 1 1/4 cups for a lightly spiked lemonade or up to 2 1/2 cups for a boozier option.
- Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
- Category: Beverages
- Method: Stove-Top
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: lemonade, cucumber lemonade, mint lemonade