In an effort to stay hydrated in the dry heat of Colorado summers, I’ve started to get creative with my water intake approach: enter Cucumber Lemon Water. Cucumber water is simple, takes about 5 minutes to make, and will definitely perk up your hydration regimen. When my water tastes and feels special, I notice I’m much more likely to drink it. So not only do I stay cooler and more hydrated, but I feel like I’m doing something special for myself in just a few minutes a week.
If you haven’t tried cucumber lemon water, it doesn’t get much easier.
- 1 organic, unwaxed cucumber
- 1 organic lemon
- A pitcher or mason jar (even a drinking glass works in a pinch!)
I recommend choosing organic cucumbers and lemons since they will soak in the water and continue to impart their refreshing flavor over the course of several days. If you don’t have access to organic varieties, you can peel the cucumber and simply squeeze the lemon juice into the water without leaving the rind in to soak.
The Process is Simple:
- Start by thinly slicing the washed cucumber and lemon. For a 1 quart container, I used a third of a large cucumber and a half of a lemon, but experiment to see what you like.
- Place the sliced fruits in your pitcher or jar and cover with cold water. Place your cucumber lemon water in the fridge for a 5 to 10 minutes and it’s ready to drink!
That was easy!
You can continue refilling your pitcher with water over the course of several days, leaving in the cucumber and lemon slices. The cucumber and lemon will continue to impart their flavor to the water. Depending on how much water you drink, you may find that the cucumber and lemon slices last 3 days or more! When they start to look translucent, are no longer floating, or your water is not getting the flavor you desire, remove the old cucumber and lemon and add some fresh slices! Keep this process going all summer and you’re sure to be cool, refreshed, hydrated, and thirst-free!