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This refreshing Cucumber, Mint and Lemon Fizz will cool you down and keep you hydrated, without having to reach for sugary drinks. It’s easy to whip up a big batch of it and it will look super impressive on the table at your next BBQ.
It has been hot, hot, HOT! If you thought that the British spoke about the weather a lot, then throw us a heatwave and see what we have to say! We have just returned from a week in Bulgaria and whilst it was hot, there was a sea breeze, air conditioning, and everyone seems prepared for the heat. We come back to the UK and the city is sweltering, our home is without air conditioning and everyone is in a frenzy because the thermometers are rising and apparently we are one step away from a national emergency. And breeeeeeathe! It’s time to cool down and make yourself a big jug of this Cucumber, Mint and Lemon Fizz.
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We complain all year about the bad weather and then when we do get some “good” weather (who said hot was good anyway?), we complain about that too! Well, give me a shady spot any day of the week, because I am not a sun worshiper. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate having weather good enough to enjoy a BBQ or picnic, but once it gets too hot to sleep, that’s it! I have reached my tolerance level. Haha, I sound like a right moany Brit!
What I DO love about this weather is all the refreshing drinks that we get to cool down with, and nothing says refreshing more than cucumber and mint. Usually I enjoy a cucumber and mint combination in some tzatziki, but they pair beautifully in water too and it’s the only way to stay hydrated in this weather. The inspiration for this recipe come from a cucumber and elderflower drink that I saw in Food To Love magazine, whilst I was flicking though it on my Readly app? Not heard of Readly before? Well, it’s an entire newsstand on your tablet or smartphone.
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And speaking of magazines… Did you see my exciting news that I am now a contributor to Now Magazine? I am one of their “Mummy Influencers” and I will be sharing all my favourite fashion, beauty and food related things each week. As soon as the issue went on sale, I went straight on to Readly to take a look. I was able to screenshot one of the pages I was featured on and share it across social media, without having to take an awkward photo of the magazine itself.
As I was flicking through Food To Love on Readly, I noticed that they had a feature on cucumber, as we are in cucumber season. I never knew that there were so many different types. We were really successful with growing cucumbers last year and it was great to add different ones to our salads, because it’s hard to get any different types of cucumber in the supermarkets. If you can find them, try picking up some of these and using them in your meals – there are so many other ways that you can eat a cucumber rather than just in a salad.
The cucumber drink in the magazine actually had vodka in it, but I wanted to make a non-alcoholic drink that would be great to serve at a party. That’s where this Cucumber, Mint and Lemon Fizz comes in. Don’t you hate it when you go to a party and you aren’t drinking and the only thing on offer is tap water or maybe some cola? Why not show that non-alcoholic drinks can be fun too! We also wanted to show that drinking water doesn’t have to be boring. There are so many different ways to liven it up.
Sparkling Cucumber Water
- 1.5 ltr Sparkling water
- 0.5 cucumber sliced
- 25 g mint leaves
- 1 lemon sliced
- Put all the ingredients into a large jug, chill and serve.
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