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Cucumber Agua Fresca

Oxmoor House
Yield Serves 2
Serve this refreshing drink with spicy, grilled foods. Use a vegetable peeler to make the optional cucumber ribbons--simply run the peeler along the cucumber lengthwise.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 3/4 cups peeled English cucumber slices (about 1 medium cucumber)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 2 large limes)
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed ice
  • 2 cups lime-flavored sparkling water, chilled
  • English cucumber ribbons (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 44
  • caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
  • fat 0.1 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.0 g
  • protein 0.5 g
  • carbohydrate 11.1 g
  • fiber 0.5 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.2 mg
  • sodium 32 mg
  • calcium 12 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine sugar and 3 tablespoons water in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 2 minutes or until mixture boils, stirring every 1 minute. Cool.

  2. Place cucumber slices and 1/4 cup water in a blender; process until smooth. Strain mixture through a cheesecloth-lined sieve into a bowl to measure 1 cup liquid; discard solids. Combine cucumber liquid and sugar syrup in a small pitcher. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour or until thoroughly chilled; stir in lime juice.

  3. Place 3/4 cup crushed ice in each of 2 glasses. Pour 1/2 cup cucumber mixture into each glass. Add 1 cup sparkling water to each glass. Garnish with cucumber ribbons, if desired.

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