Cucumber water recipe is what I always make this time of the year. The refreshing drink doesn’t just quench the fiercest thirst during hot summer days; it is also packed with amazing health benefits.
First, I have something to confess: Many years ago, I did not like cucumber at all. When I was a child, cucumber was something I always avoided at all cost, because I just wasn’t into its crunchiness and flavor. My parents really had a bad time forcing me to eat it.
However, it was not until I became a teenager that I realized how wonderful cucumber can be. After reading a fascinating article about amazing benefits that cucumber offers, I tried to incorporate it into my daily meals and make cucumber water.
Guess what? I became a cucumber lover and have been one ever since! It has to be one of the most refreshing drinks ever. Well, as summer is just around the corner, today’s cucumber water recipe is what I am longing to share with you right now.
Is cucumber water good for weight loss?
Yes, it totally is. Cucumber water is a great detox drink that not only helps your body expel harmful toxins effectively, but aids in weight loss, too. Actually, I find drinking cucumber water is one of the most effortless ways to give a boost to my weight loss journey.
While sodas, soft drinks, and energy drinks are extremely high in calories and sugar, cucumber water has almost zero calories and does not contain fat. Additionally, cucumber-infused water naturally boosts your metabolism, helping your body manage weight better.
Sometimes, it’s easy to confuse thirst for hunger. That was me back then. My stomach always felt empty and growled for more food; but in fact, it only needed a glass of water. Nowadays , I tend to drink cucumber water or snack on a cucumber whenever I feel just a bit empty. Because it’s is high in fiber, it keeps me full and satisfied for longer.
Thanks to this trick, I managed to overcome the urge of snacking all the time!
How long should I keep cucumber in water?
For the best result, I always refrigerate the cucumber water for 2 to 4 hours before drinking so the flavor will infuse the water. However, cucumber should never be kept in water for more than 12 hours because they will soften and may become slimy.
The longer cucumber water sits, the stronger the flavor will be; so you may want to try out making the drink several times until you get the desired flavor.
Other cucumber water combinations
Cucumber is wonderful when paired with fresh fruits and herbs for a cooling infused water. From the base cucumber water recipe, I love to play around with different ingredients and flavors to create many cool and tasty combinations. Here are my best-loved combos:
Cucumber lemon water
– 1 cucumber, sliced
– 1 lemon, sliced
– 4 sprigs fresh flat-leaf parsley
– 4 cups water
This is a perfect drink to jazz up your hydration routine. The sweetness of strawberry and the sourness of lemon simply go well with the mild flavor of cucumber. This combo looks absolutely colorful and stunning in a water pitcher. It’s a great drink everyone will rave about, I promise.
Strawberry cucumber water
– ½ cup cucumbers, sliced
– ½ cup strawberries, sliced
– 1 lime, sliced
– 2 tablespoon fresh mint leaves
– 4 cups water
This is a perfect drink to jazz up your hydration routine. The sweetness of strawberry and the sour of lemon simply goes well with the mild flavor of cucumber. This combo looks absolutely colorful and stunning in a water pitcher. It’s a great drink everyone will rave about, I promise.
Watermelon cucumber water
-½ cucumber, sliced
– 1 ½ cup watermelon, cubed and seeds removed
– 1 small lemon, sliced
– 4 cups water
This nearly zero-calorie thirst-quencher is one of the reasons I never want to drink soda or soft drinks ever again. As two healthy ingredients, watermelon and cucumber, naturally complement each other, the drink simply refreshing and delicious. In addition to the health benefits of cucumbers, watermelon is a great source of vitamin A, C, B6, as well as many essential minerals.
After words: On busy working days, I always make bottles of cucumber water ahead of time and bring them to my office so that I can stay hydrated all day (and stay away from overeating junk food, too). It’s a great way to keep me stay on the healthy path.
I’m going to make some more right now. There’s never enough cucumber water in my fridge at this hot time of the year!
Cucumber Water Recipe
- 0.5 quarts water
- 2 oz cucumber sliced
- 2 oz orange sliced
- 1 oz strawberry sliced
- 1 tbsp mint leaves
- Wash the fruits and veggies to remove any traces of dirt, germ, and bacteria. Keeping or peeling off the skin is totally optional.
- Slice the cucumber, orange, and strawberry into thin slices. Place as much sliced fruits as you like into a container or pitcher with water.
- Allow the flavor infuse into water by refrigerating for 2 to 4 hours. Serve cold.