I love making homemade pickles, so I always grow plenty of pickling cucumbers in my garden every year. Of course, when cucumbers finally come in season, they grow fast, so it’s important to stay on top of the harvest and grab them while they’re a manageable size. However, some cucumbers inevitably slip past my surveillance and grow too large for pickling, so I’ve set to work on finding alternative ways to use these oversized strays so that nothing goes to waste.

Since cucumbers have natural cooling properties, they’re the perfect ingredient for a super refreshing beverage; something that’s particularly delicious on a hot summer day. I even like to add juice from leftover cantaloupe or watermelon to mix up the flavor. And since this drink can be prepared up to a day in advance, it’s great for barbecues and summer parties.

Cucumber Cooler
From MarthaStewart.com

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• 3 cucumbers
• ¼ cup water
• 2 tablespoons honey, or to taste
• 24 ounces club soda
• ½ cup fresh mint leaves
• 1 lime, thinly sliced

Peel the cucumbers, and slice in half, lengthwise. Using a spoon, scrape the seeds and discard. Roughly chop the cucumbers and place in a blender with the water. Blend until pureed.

Pour the puree through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl or pitcher. Use a spoon to press on the solids until all the cucumber juice has passed through. This should yield about 2 cups of juice.

Pour the cucumber juice back into the blender, and add the honey. Pour into a pitcher, along with the club soda, crushed mint leaves, and sliced lime.

To serve, pour over ice and garnish with whole mint leaves and a lime wedge. Add a cute diamond hang tag and a matching straw if serving for guests.

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Lindsay is a writer/blogger from Oregon who loves crafting, cooking, gardening, and simple living. You can find her writing about all of this and more on her blog A Wooden Nest.

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