I wrote my recipe at the end of this post. First, let me introduce my inspiration on a video filmed next to a spa refreshment station in the Californian Wine Country. We stayed at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa a few nights.
Since it is no more fashionable to serve bottled water, the trendy hostess needs to dish up the tab water. Last summer, I showed you how to serve a pitcher of water with fresh berries. The look was great but the taste of the water is not distinctively altered by the berries.
Cucumber water improves the taste of tap water. Spa aficionados already experience the benefits of cucumber water for improving the look of your skin. On top of it, this drink is simple to make at home.
Cucumber Water Recipe
In order for the cucumber to fully release its juice, you need to prepare it the day before your event.
- 1 cucumber, sliced and unpeeled + 6-7 cucumber slices for decoration
- 1 1/2 to 2 liters of water
- 3 mint sprigs + 2 mint sprigs for decoration
- Half a lemon, sliced and unpeeled
- Ice cubes
In a pitcher, mix the water, cucumber, 3 mint sprigs and lemon. Let it rest on the fridge for 24 hours. If you prepare the water at the last minute, cut the first cucumber in three or four pieces. Then, squeeze the cucumber pieces to release all the juice.
Before serving remove the cucumber slices used to flavor the water. Then stir with a wooden spoon, add some ice cubes, 6 or 7 fresh cucumber slices and the remaining 2 mint sprigs. Enjoy this refreshing drink.
IsabelleMarch 1, 2008 at 10:24
Thanks for sharing this great idea Kim, how was your stay at The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa? You certainly look relaxed on your video. Cheers, Isabelle
At Home with Kim ValleeMarch 1, 2008 at 12:46
Isabelle: We enjoyed our stay so much that I convinced Jerome to stay one more night at the Fairmont Mission Inn & Spa. We took a water yoga class on the clover leaf shaped mineral pool the next morning. Very relaxing!
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Pam WenzelJanuary 6, 2011 at 19:29
This is a great post! Thanks for the extra tips!
MarieJanuary 21, 2011 at 14:22
Great recipe! One question, though, it says leave it “on” the refrigerator for 24 hours. To clarify, on top of the refrigerator, or put it “in” the refrigerator for 24 hours?
KimJanuary 21, 2011 at 15:09
Nice catch, Marie. I corrected the recipe. It should have said to put in the fridge.
CRobinsonApril 3, 2011 at 21:13
My girlfriend was inquiring about the benefits of cucumber water. Thanks for the recipe. I’m looking forward to it this summer!
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PhilJuly 2, 2012 at 13:19
I just made some infused water and my wife asked about the health benefits. you say the cucumber water helps skin.
would it be better to eat the cucumber?
i’m not being snarky, just trying to figure out if it’s worth the time to do this or if it would be easier to drink my regular water and eat whatever i’m dropping in it?
although, the water does taste delicious!
KimJuly 3, 2012 at 00:18
Phil, in my humble opinion, the health benefit of drinking the cucumber water comes mostly from the fact that you are drinking water. Since most people are having a hard time to drink plenty of water on a daily basis, flavouring the water – without adding sugar – is the way to an healthier lifestyle. If you feel that it is too much work, drink regular water and eat whatever you’re dropping in it.
kristenJuly 20, 2012 at 13:40
if i have cucumber water in my fridge, how often should i cut a new cucumber… i have been using my current one for about a week. is that too long?
also, marie is just being a smarta$$
ChrisAugust 27, 2012 at 15:45
Can someone answer Kristen’s question above? I have the same question. I’ve been leaving the cucumber and mint in the container and replacing the water multiple times a day for a week (or more). I don’t smell or taste anything funny, but I’m concerned I’ve left the cucumber in there too long. I could just replace it everyday like you say, but I’d sure like to know what the recommended maximum time is from someone who knows.
KimAugust 27, 2012 at 16:17
Chris, I would be concerned about the freshness of the cucumber after a week. Two to three days seems long enough. I will ask on Twitter and Facebook to see if someone knows the answer to your (and Kristen) question.
lilly p.October 20, 2012 at 01:01
Hi, I have exactly the same question. How long can I leave the cucumber in the pitcher, which I usually keep in the refrigerator? Like the other postings say, still after a few days, the water has a good taste, the cukes I mean, just keep adding water. Been looking for answers all over the web with no luck. Thanks