When it's hot, make Agua Fresca!
There is a Mexican tradition of flavored water made from freshly pureed fruit, water, and perhaps a bit of sweetening -- agua fresca.
I saw this recipe on Lovesown a week or two ago. It is so refreshing, and what a good way to use up those cukes that, um, got a bit past their prime in the refrigerator while hiding behind the past week's produce.
Cucumber Lime Mint Agua Fresca: a couple of cukes chunked up, a half cup of fresh mint (I used a combo of regular, chocolate, and pineapple mint from my garden), a half cup of sugar, a half cup of lime juice, and 1 1/4 cup of water (a white wine or other alcohol could stand in for part of the water). Whiz it in the blender until liquified, then put it through a sieve.
|ready to blend|
|poured into a sieve|
|pressing the pulp|
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