On Wednesday, I took the day off, sent the kids off to daycare and spent pretty much the entire day in the garden. The weather was PERFECT … 78 degrees and sunny. As much as I enjoy gardening, it’s hard work … and hard work should be rewarded. Enter Cucumber-Mint Lemonade. Quite possibly the most refreshing drink in the history of the world. Quite a claim, eh? Try it.

You have two choices with this drink – you can make your lemonade from scratch, squeezing the lemons and making your simple syrup OR you can purchase store bought lemonade. Obviously nothing is better than freshly squeezed lemons, but if you’re in a pinch, the store-bought will work too!

Also, if you don’t already, you should be growing mint in your backyard or in a pot on your patio. It seems to live through anything, so definitely a good way to get into herb gardening. Mine is back with a vengeance this year and I’m loving adding it to all my beverages.

And one final thought…since I’m posting this on a Friday…if you’re more in the mood for a cocktail this afternoon/evening, add some white rum to this lemonade. Perfection.

Cucumber-Mint Lemonade

6 lemons, juiced (should be about a cup of juice)
4 cups of water
1/2 cup sugar (I don’t like my lemonade too sweet, increase if you do)
12 thin slices of cucumber
5 sprigs of mint
Sliced lemons for garnish

Dissolve sugar into 1 cup of the water, set aside to cool. Juice your lemons, and then add both the water and the simple syrup. Stir it up and add in your cucumber and mint. Let sit for 30-60 minutes to let flavors meld. Pour over ice, garnish with lemon slices and kick back and enjoy the warm weather.