My one English cucumber plant produced at least 18 large cucumbers in the last 4 weeks (with no sign of slowing down!) and since my neighbors are dealing with their own cucumber and zucchini explosions, I was looking for something other than salad to use up this increasing cucumber collection.
What to do?... well if life hands you lemons, you make lemonade... so, why not make cucumber lemonade?!
Now I'm obsessed with this cool, summery beverage.....its so simple, so refreshing and actually good for you cos it contains fruits and vegetables : )
You can make this to your own taste for sweetness, lemoniness or cucumberiness, though here's a basic recipe to start you off.
2 good size ( 11") English cucumbers -chopped ( or remove seeds from equivalent regular cucumbers)
1/4 -1/2 c lemon juice ( I used the bottled kind)
1 lemon - chopped
1/3 c turbinado or demerara sugar ( gives a nice mellow sweetness) or granulated sugar
2c cold water
Whirl everything together in a Vitamix or blender till it's chopped up to a pico-de-gallo/salsa-like consistency
Strain through a fine mesh sieve
Adjust sweetness, tartness - it should be lemony, but there should also be a hint of cucumber.
Serve over ice. Can be dliuted with sparkling water or soda too.