Cucumber Cooler

Photo: Petrina Tinslay

There's no alcohol in our recipe for a cucumber drink flavored with mashed mint leaves and lime, but this lightly sweet beverage is more refreshing than any cocktail.


  • 3 cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and coarsely chopped (6 cups)

  • ¼ cup water

  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves

  • 1 lime, thinly sliced

  • 24 ounces club soda

  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar or honey


  1. In a blender, puree cucumbers and water. Pour through a fine-mesh sieve set over a large bowl, pressing on solids (you should have about 2 cups juice; refrigerate overnight, if desired). In a pitcher, mash fresh mint leaves with back of a wooden spoon until bruised. Add cucumber juice, lime, club soda, and agave nectar or honey; stir to combine. Fill 4 glasses with ice, top with drink, and serve with thinly sliced cucumber.

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