I’m a bit of a late bloomer on Instagram, using it actively only for a year now (@tarikasingh , say hi if you’re there too), but it’s grown to become a crazy addiction! I could be watching the most engrossing movie or lost in a conversation, BUT, I just need to constantly check-in to see what pictures (and videos) are constantly being put up. If you’re posting pictures of your cat, aww, I think it’s so cute! If it’s a picture of what you ate for breakfast, it’s probably inspired me to sit and have a meal on a day when I was planning to skip it. If you’re looking to buy a purse and can’t decide which one… wait that was me who needed help, and it was_ you_ who helped me decide which one to get! It’s also how I know that despite it officially being Spring, some of you are still sipping vanilla lattes while we’re already dreading the onset of Summer heat in Mumbai.
That’s right, it’s time to start making ice-blended drinks and ease your way into Summer with this Cucumber Cooler! It’s a no-fuss, ‘slushy’- textured drink that doesn’t have too many ingredients and stays put in the refrigerator for a couple of hours; long enough to keep sipping it on a summer day. Juice of one lemon, a pinch of sea salt, whole cucumbers and amber-coloured honey… it’s all so simple, walking a beautiful balance of flavours. I’d even suggest making this for your summer brunches and adding a dash of vodka or gin right before your serve it. I’ve adapted this recipe from Heidi Swanson’s book where she suggests partially peeling the skin of the cucumber, but the ones I find easily in Mumbai are usually pale-skinned, so I skipped that step. But if you do end up using the darker-skinned ones, then get rid of some of the skin or you’ll end up with a slightly bitter tasting drink.
The slightly frothy and slush-like appearance of the Cucumber Cooler reminds me of the slushies we as kids would queue up to be treated for in the summer, but minus the artificial colours and sugar-rush inducing sweetness. Seriously, parents, how did you put up with us kids after that?
Recipe adapted from Super Natural Every Day: Well-Loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen