Iced Cucumber Mint Water

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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.

Ingredients

  • 1/8 loosely packed cup fresh mint leaves, washed, or to taste
  • 3 generous slices of cucumber, or to taste
  • A pinch of salt

Instructions

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.

Prep time: 
5 minutes plus 30 minutes chilling time
Total time: 
35 minutes
Yield: 
Makes 1 quart, serves 4 to 6

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