Cucumber-Mint Water

Drinking lots of water is good for you, but sometimes you want it to have a little bit of flavor—that’s why we’re adding the refreshing combination of cucumber and fresh mint leaves. You can strain the mint and cucumber out of the water before you serve it, but it’s not necessary. In fact, sometimes it’s nice to get a slice or two of cucumber in your glass! By Adam Ried

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Hands-on time:
5 minutes
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Total time:
20 minutes
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Makes
1
and 1/2 quarts

Kitchen Gear

Vegetable peeler
Sharp knife (adult needed)
Measuring cup
Sturdy plastic, ceramic, or thick glass pitcher
Wooden spoon
Colander or sieve (if you like)

Ingredients

1⁄3 cup fresh mint leaves
1⁄2 cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
1 1⁄2 quarts cold water

Instructions

Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your kitchen gear and ingredients and put them on a clean counter.

  1. Put the mint leaves in the pitcher and use the wooden spoon to gently mash and stir until they look a little bit bashed up.

  2. Add the cucumber slices and water, stir, and put the pitcher in the fridge for at least 15 minutes. Strain out the mint and cucumber, if you like, and serve right away.

Did you know? Bashing up the mint leaves with a wooden spoon is called "muddling," and it helps release their flavor.