Agua de Pepino

Popular throughout Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, non-carbonated Aguas Frescas (fresh waters) are a delicious, healthy way (at least when homemade) to stay hydrated during the long Texas summer.  Along with agua de Flor de Jamaica (made with hibiscus flowers) and agua de horchata (rice and cinnamon), this cucumber cooler is super inexpensive and easy to make..

Agua de Pepino

2 quarts cool, filtered water
1 medium cucumber, thinly sliced
1 fresh lemon, thinly sliced
1 bunch fresh mint
1-2 tablespoons (or to taste) raw sugar, honey or other sweetener of choice
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt (helps pull the liquid out of the cucumber)

Combine all ingredients together in a large glass container and steep (covered) overnight in the refrigerator.  Serve well chilled.

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