I’ve got a fresh, summery drink for you today!
Oh, this lemonade is just so good.
I’ve been drinking it non-stop. I really need to control myself.
The inspiration for this started at market when I got a cucumber-basil fresh squeezed lemonade. It was so refreshing and delicious and I just couldn’t stop thinking about it.
Fresh squeezed lemonade is always good, just as is. Lemons, water and a touch of sugar = the perfect refresher. But, when I tasted cucumber in my lemonade? It was next level good. Cucumber took the goodness of fresh squeezed lemonade to a new level of good.
I knew I wanted to create a version at home so that I could enjoy this amazing drink anytime.
I knew that I wanted to do lemons + cucumber, but when I thought of adding peaches, I could barely contain myself. I had to make this, asap!
And let me tell you, the peaches take this to an even higher level of amazing! (Especially peaches from here :)).
Remember pink lemonade? I used to drink it when I was little, and now that I think about it, what was the pink part of that lemonade? What made it pink and what flavor was that supposed to be representing? The peaches in this lemonade make it pink. But, something tells me that fresh peaches were not the pink in the pink lemonade from my youth. 🙂
Now, cucumber in a drink does sound a bit strange. It’s not commonplace. But trust me, you will like it. I would bet that you will like it. Even traditional lemonade lovers. It tastes like fresh. It does not taste like vegetables. And, if you have any reservations at all, try scaling the amount of cucumber back. I do suggest using a whole cucumber, but if it scares you at all, try half a cucumber at first. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
I made this lemonade on Monday and have been enjoying since. I could see this being made for a family get-together or a little party and it being the perfect beverage option. Especially with this hot weather, it is the perfect refresher!
I based the lemonade part of this on this recipe, from The Faux Martha
1 cup of fresh lemon juice (I used 6 lemons)
1 cup of water
1/2 cup sugar
For the peach + cucumber part:
3 ripe peaches, sliced
1 cucumber, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup water
+ An additional 4 cups of water
Optional, but recommended, for serving:
Start by juicing the lemons. You will need one cup of lemon juice and I used six lemons to get that. Set aside.
Add once cup of water and 1/2 cup of sugar to a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir frequently, until the sugar has completely dissolved. Remove from heat and set aside.
Add the sliced peaches and cucumbers to a blender with 1/2 cup of water. Blend on high until the mixture is liquidy and no chunks remain.
Place a fine mesh strainer over a bowl and pour the peach/cucumber mixture into the strainer. Let the liquid drain into the bowl. A small amount of peach/cucumber pulp will remain. (Discard the pulp or save it for smoothies).
Add the cucumber/peach liquid, lemon juice, sugar/water combination and the additional 4 cups of water to a blender and blend for several seconds, just to combine everything well.
Serve the lemonade with ice cubes, additional sliced peaches and cucumbers, if desired.