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Cucumber, Basil & Ginger – A Refreshing “Mocktail”
You may have seen this in restaurants where they serve craft cocktails, and for good reason. It is a light, refreshing blend of flavors. Bonus: the combo also has a mild detoxification effect on our bodies. Plus, cucumbers have a whopping 96% water content and three awesome phytonutrients called cucurbitacins, lignans, and flavonoids that have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits. They don’t say, “cool as a cucumber” for nothing!
• ½ of an English cucumber OR one small salad cucumber, cut in half and sliced thin
• 3 to 5 basil leaves, rubbed or “slapped” to release flavor
• 4 slices fresh ginger (or use sliced ginger in a jar)
• 32 ounces water
Rinse and prepare the first three ingredients. Drop into a 32-ounce or greater pitcher. Add the water. Let ingredients steep – the longer, the more flavor. You can store covered at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Serves four eight-ounce glasses.
• 4 cups chopped seedless watermelon
• 1 small salad cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
• 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped well
• 2 TBSP champagne vinegar
• ¼ cup chopped white or red onion (optional)
• 1 clove minced garlic
• 1 TBSP olive oil
• ½ tsp sea salt
Prepare all ingredients and place them all in a large bowl. Taking half of the bowl’s ingredients and using a mixer or food processor, blend half the mixture (you can make it chunky or smooth, depending on your preference). Transfer the blended mixture to another bowl. Blend the remaining half of the mixture, and add to the transferred bowl. Stores well covered in refrigerator for five days. Serve at room temperature or chilled. If you like, chop an additional small amount of the basil and sprinkle on top.
• ¼ seedless watermelon, cubed
• 1 cucumber, peeled and sliced
• 5 mint leaves
• ½ cup ice
Mix all ingredients in blender. Pour into Popsicle molds and freeze!