This cucumber cooler will have you refreshed in no time on an overly hot summer day.  The first time I had a version of this cucumber cooler I was in Las Vegas, melting pool-side.  It saved me;  literally.  It was over 110, and I decided it would be a great day to sit at the pool and catch up on my reading.  About 30 minutes into my relaxing day, I was wilted and needed to refresh.  As soon as I saw the words cucumber cooler, I had a feeling I was about to be saved.  After just one sip, I knew I had to figure out how to make them at home.

Cucumber Cooler Cucumbers are often the overlooked vegetable, don’t you think?  I never buy them unless I have a specific recipe that calls for one or when I make Pork Souvlaki.  It is the same with parsley, completely overlooked until I start using it besides as a garnish and then suddenly my mind is swirling with ideas.  When I saw that Summer Fest was all about cucumbers this week, I knew I had to share this refreshing beverage recipe.  The thing I often forget about is that cucumbers are so refreshing, and they have a clean taste which makes them perfect to add alongside so many other ingredients. This recipe is really simple as you only need cucumbers, fresh lime and your favorite brand of ginger ale, we like to use Fever Tree as it is not overly sweet and slightly spicy.  You will lightly muddle the cucumbers in a cocktail glass, add a squeeze of fresh lime juice, a drizzle of simple syrup and then you top it off with ginger ale.  If you want to take it to an “adult” level, it is really lovely with a splash of gin. FN-Dish-Summer-Fest-1   Be sure to check out these other creative recipes using cucumbers from other Sumer Fest food bloggers.  Next week it will be all about peaches. Feed Me Phoebe: Fennel Tzatziki with Mint The Lemon Bowl: Japanese Quick Pickled Cucumbers Jeanette’s Healthy Living: Burmese Cucumber Watermelon Composed Salad Domesticate Me: California Salad with Roasted Chicken and Avocado Dressing Taste With The Eyes: Stuffed Cucumber Kimchi with Shrimp and Minari Devour: Cucumber and Mint Lemonade  Haute Apple Pie: Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad Napa Farmhouse 1885: Spicy Cucumber, Carrot and Onion Refrigerator Pickles Red or Green: Spicy Cucumber Gazpacho Virtually Homemade: Cucumber Tomato Bruschetta Food for 7 Stages of Life: Neer Mor — Zested South Indian Buttermilk with Cucumber Weelicious: Cucumber Cream Cheese Sandwiches Blue Apron Blog: Barley Salad with Heirloom Cucumbers & Golden Beets The Sensitive Epicure: Pimm’s Cups and Cucumber Tea Sandwiches FN Dish: Pickles Past the Jar

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Cucumber Cooler

** serves one Ingredients: 6 cucumber slices, use organic cucumbers or peel first 1 teaspoon simple syrup lime 200ml ginger ale ice cubes How To: Fill a cocktail glass with the cucumber slices. Muddle. Add some ice cubes. Stir in the simple syrup. Squeeze in the juice from half of the lime. Top with the ginger ale. Serve. Drink.

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