cucumber ginger agua fresca
For the simple syrup
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup sugar
For the drink
- 5 medium cucumbers, peeled and coarsely chopped
- 4 cups cold water
- 1 1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger, chopped
- ½ cup fresh squeezed limed juice
- Ice to serve
Make the syrup: combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil then simmer for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally until all the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Set aside 4 tablespoons, the rest can be refrigerated for up to two weeks.
In a blender, combine cucumbers, water and ginger. Blend on high until pureed. Pour the mixture into a pitcher through a fine mesh strainer, removing the solids. Stir in the 4 tablespoons of simple syrup and fresh lime juice. Serve over ice.