I used to be straight up addicted to slushies. I mean, what’s not to love about an icy cold slushie on a hot day? Root beer was my flavour of choice, and brain freeze was frequent.
I still treat myself to a proper slushie once in a while because what fun is life if you can’t have the occasional rootbeer slushie on a hot day? But in general, sweet sugary drinks aren’t my thing (and artificially sweetened drinks *definitely* aren’t my thing).
Want a slushie that’s deliciously refreshing, naturally sweetened, and actually good for you? Hello, Cucumber Mint Summer Slushie!
Cucumbers are sooooo nourishing, and they’re totally in season at this time of year. They’ve got a range of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, and their phytonutrients are linked to anti-cancer benefits. Did you know that cucumbers are technically a fruit? They’re in the same family as melons, summer squash, and winter squash.
Cucumber blended up with a handful of fresh mint, a squeeze of lime, and just a touch of honey makes for an incredibly refreshing, and nutritious, summer drink. Feel free to switch up the herbs depending on your tastes or what you have on hand. I’ve also made this with cilantro or Thai basil in place of the mint, both of which are delicious.
Pro tip: for a grown-up drink, a bit of gin blended in is just right.
Cucumber Mint Summer Slushie Recipe:
This is pretty much as easy as it gets. Just toss everything in your blender and let it do the hard work! I don’t bother peeling my cucumbers because there are a lot of valuable nutrients in the peel. I give ‘em a good scrub to get the waxy coating off, and cut into manageable chunks for the blender. You can, of course, peel your cucumbers first if you prefer.
Makes about 4 cups of slushie. Share as you see fit.
1 medium long English cucumber (300g)
Juice from one lime (about 4 Tbsp)
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
2 Tbsp honey
pinch of sea salt
3-4 cups of ice cubes
1/2 cup cold water
Place everything in the jug of a blender. Pulse a few times to get things going, then blend until smooth. Add a bit more water to loosen it up if necessary. Pour into glasses and serve immediately.
The phytonutrients found in cucumbers (cucurbitacins, lignans, and flavonoids) provide us with valuable antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits. Cucumbers are an excellent source of vitamin K. They are also a good source of copper, potassium, manganese, vitamin C, phosphorus, magnesium, biotin, and vitamin B1. Cucumbers also contain the mineral silica, which is important for nail and hair health.
All text and photos © The Muffin Myth 2014