Cucumber Mint Lemonade

I didn't think to take a picture before this delicious drink was all gone, but luckily Dawn snapped this Instagram picture with her phone.

I recently stumbled across this Psychology Today article that praises the benefits of barbecues. So, when our friends Will and Missy invited us to a barbecue at their house for Memorial Day, I was really excited. I decided to make this cucumber mint lemonade I discovered via Pinterest.

Cucumber Mint Lemonade

one batch cucumber juice (recipe below)
one batch mint simple syrup (recipe below)
one cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
sparkling water
lemons, cucumber, or mint for garnish

In a large pitcher, combine cucumber juice, syrup, and lemon juice. In a glass with a few cubes of ice, combine equal parts lemonade and sparking water, plus a shot of vodka. Stir to combine and serve immediately.

* For cucumber juice, puree four english cucumbers, peeled and roughly chopped, in a blender or food processor until liquefied. You may have to do this in batches. Set a strainer over a bowl and strain the juice, making sure to squeeze out any extra.

* For the mint simple syrup, combine 1 cup water, 3/4 cup sugar, and a few springs of mint in a small saucepan. Stirring constantly, heat on medium until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely in the fridge. Once cooled, discard the mint.

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