Cucumber Agua Fresca with Lemon and Mint

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Just about every Moroccan cookbook I saw had a recipe for a cucumber salad with mint leaves, lemon and, in some variations, orange blossom water.  I gave it a go and, frankly, was totally underwhelmed.  Maybe it was the fact that I’d grated the cucumber, which quickly became rather limp and lifeless, but the salad definitely wasn’t a keeper.

But the bright side was that it reminded me that I’ve been meaning to try out some new agua frescas and this flavor combination sounded promising.  Just a couple minutes later I was enjoying this light, refreshing drink.

Some cucumber agua fresca recipes call for a rather large amount of mint and lemon.  I’m sure those are great, but I really wanted the cucumber to shine in this version.  For those of you who are lucky enough to have cucumbers in your garden, this would be a great way to use up any surplus.

Cucumber Agua Fresca with Lemon and Mint

Yield: 4 servings


 1 very large cucumber, cut into large chunks
6 cups cold water
1/3 cup sugar
10 mint leaves, plus extra for garnish
3 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon orange blossom water (optional)
lemon slices for garnish (optional)
cucumber slices for garnish (optional)


Combine the cucumber, water, sugar, mint leaves, lemon juice and orange blossom water in a blender and blend until very smooth.* Strain into a pitcher and add some mint leaves, lemon slices and cucumber slices for garnish. Serve immediately over ice.

* Note: if your blender pitcher is on the small side, just blend the cucumber and other ingredients with 3 cups water and then add the other 3 cups to the pitcher; mix well to combine. For more drinks’ recipes, click here.

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