Watermelon-Cucumber Cooler (aka Hangover Helper)
I haven’t been on a bender since well before I had kids. But sometimes I’ll get “over served” at an event, or a new cocktail might leave me a bit more bleary-eyed than I’d like. That’s when I turn to this refreshing concoction. The melon and cucumber help to hydrate you, while the salt and mint aid in settling your stomach. Recipe contributed from Eating In Color: Delicious, Healthy Recipes for You and Your Family* ©2014 by Frances Largeman-Roth.
- 2 cups cubed watermelon
- 1/2 cup peeled and sliced cucumber, any variety
- 2 tablespoons fresh line juice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 6 fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
- 1 liter sparkling water, chilled
- Agave nectar, light or dark, optional
- Ice, for serving
Combine the watermelon, cucumber, lime juice, salt, and mint in a blender and blend until smooth.
Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing to release all the liquid.
Into a tall glass filled with ice, pour 1/2 cup of the watermelon mixture and top with 1/2 cup or more of the sparkling water. Stir in agave to taste, if using.
Slip slowly until you’ve recovered. Have another glass if you need it. Store any remaining cooler covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 day. Stir well before drinking.
Per serving: 57 calories; 0.14g fat; 0.6g protein; 15g carbs; 199mg sodium; 120mg potassium; 21mg calcium
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