Several weeks ago my wife Pam and I attended a Delaware Extension Service Open House. The event is an annual get together and took place at the Demonstration Garden in Georgetown Delaware. While there we sampled several different drinks which the various members of the Master Gardeners had made. One of these drinks was a Cucumber Water. Cucumber water has been a popular detox drink for many years prior to the entry of the infused water trend.
In days past it was not unusual to find water that had been infused with cucumber in various health clubs and spas around the world. Why has this drink become so popular? Simply because of its great taste and it’s added health benefits.
The basic recipe has only two major ingredients – those are cucumber and water. Since cucumbers are composed of 90 percent water they are the perfect companion to create a cooling, summer detox drink such as this. Other health features of cucumbers are centered around its high vitamin B content and it is considered a rich source of potassium and magnesium which will help to keep blood pressure low and well under control.
Cucumber water has its own set of benefits as well, since the addition of water will help the mixture flush ones system out and detox the body. Since you will feel fuller when you drink this you will often find that you may not eat as usual making it a great addition to those considering a diet.
To make this wonderful cucumber water is quite simple:
Slice up a clean cucumber. It can be peeled or not, as that is up to you. Cut the slices into 1/2 inch slices. Combine these cucumber slices in cold water and some ice. Allow the mixture to marinate for at least one hour. For the best results the water-cucumber mix should marinate in the refrigerator overnight. Keep in mind that the cucumber slices will tend to float so keep your container topped with ice and continually stirred.
If you are fortunate enough to own a fruit infused water pitcher you won’t need the ice as the chamber of the infuser will hold the cucumber slices. You are able to fill the infuser several times before the water starts to loss its flavor.