Living in the sun, I am always looking for ways to make water more exciting to drink as well as having a refreshing drink for a picnic, brunch or party that is non-alcoholic or loaded with sugar. Not to mention the health benefits the fruit and mint give as a gentle detox along with the added bonus of no preservatives or sugar. I make this in a large 2-litre jar and drink out of it over a couple of days. If you are making it for a picnic or party, then it’s good to give it a little time to infuse. So make it at least an hour ahead. You can add, more fresh mint to the glasses or rub the mint along the glass rim when serving. The contrast of the burst of citrus, the soothing cucumber and the hit of mint is lovely over lots of ice. You can replace the plain water with soda or sparkling water if you would like it fizzy.
- 3-4 medium lemons,
- 1 cucumber sliced
- large bunch of fresh mint
- 6 thin slices of fresh ginger
- 1 litre of cold water
- ice – to serve
- Container or jug
- Juice 1 of the lemons and place in a saucepan along with 2 cups water, the rind, a slice of ginger and gently simmer for a couple of minutes. Strain and place in the fridge to cool.
- Slice all the ingredients except the mint. In a pestle and mortar take some of the leaves and pound to release the natural oils. You can add a pinch of salt when doing this as it helps. But only a tiny pinch.
- In your jug or litre jar, layer in the ingredients along with some ice. Then pour in the cooling lemon water and top with the remaining water until it’s covered.
- Leave for at least an hour. Serve over ice, add some extra mint and enjoy!