Cucumber Agua Fresca with Lemon and Mint

Just about every Moroccan cookbook I saw had a recipe for a cucumber salad with mint leaves, lemon and, in some variations, orange blossom water.  I gave it a go and, frankly, was totally underwhelmed.  Maybe it was the fact that I’d grated the cucumber, which quickly became rather limp and lifeless, but the salad definitely wasn’t a keeper.

But the bright side was that it reminded me that I’ve been meaning to try out some new agua frescas and this flavor combination sounded promising.  Just a couple minutes later I was enjoying this light, refreshing drink.

Some cucumber agua frescas call for a rather large amount of mint and lemon.  I’m sure those are great, but I really wanted the cucumber to shine in this version.  For those of you who are lucky enough to have cucumbers in your garden, this would be a great way to use up any surplus.


Cucumber Agua Fresca with Lemon and Mint

Yield: 4 servings


* 1 very large cucumber, cut into large chunks
* 6 cups cold water
* 1/3 cup sugar
* 10 mint leaves, plus extra for garnish
* 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
* 1 teaspoon orange blossom water (optional)
* lemon slices for garnish (optional)
* cucumber slices for garnish (optional)


Combine the cucumber, water, sugar, mint leaves, lemon juice and orange blossom water in a blender and blend until very smooth.* Strain into a pitcher and add some mint leaves, lemon slices and cucumber slices for garnish. Serve immediately over ice.

* Note: if your blender pitcher is on the small side, just blend the cucumber and other ingredients with 3 cups water and then add the other 3 cups to the pitcher; mix well to combine.

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7 Responses to “Cucumber Agua Fresca with Lemon and Mint”

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    Mindy — June 9, 2011 at 2:32 am

    This is making my mouth salivate. I “pinned” it for future reference!


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    Jen H — June 9, 2011 at 3:29 am

    I've been wanting to make agua fresca and the hubs love cucumber water which makes this recipe perfect for my first go at it. Thanks for sharing!


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    CATE — June 9, 2011 at 5:35 am

    Thanks ladies.. and thanks for the pin Mindy :) Don't you love pinterest? I just started using it and I'm totally in love with it.


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    Anonymous — August 20, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    I used some persian cucumbers and mint from my garden to make this tasty and refreshing drink. I loved the addition of orange blossom water.


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    Carol Peterman/TableFare — May 21, 2012 at 1:50 am

    I came across this post from a photo I pinned to one of my boards some time ago. I finally got around to making it today and served it to friends who came over for lunch. Everyone loved it! Not only tasty, but it's such a great color! I'll be making this often.


    • CATE — May 21st, 2012 @ 7:25 am

      Carol so glad you liked it :)


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    marla — August 20, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Beautiful drink. Linking back to this tomorrow :)


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