This water, lightly scented with fresh mint and cucumber, is sneakily refreshing. For the full treatment, serve it in a glass icy cold from the freezer. The salt brings the flavors of the cucumber up, and the longer the water steeps, the more intense the flavors become.
1. Combine the mint leaves, cucumber, 1 quart cool water, and the pinch of salt in a large carafe or pitcher. Cool in the refrigerator at least 30 minutes. Serve in frosty glasses pulled from the freezer.
From A Summertime Grilling Guide by Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Sally Swift. Copyright © 2012 by American Public Media.
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