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
- ½ cup peeled and sliced cucumber, any variety
- 2 tablespoons fresh line juice
- ¼ 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 ½ cup of the watermelon mixture and top with ½ 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 g fat; 0.6 g protein; 15g carbs; 199 mg sodium; 21 mg calcium
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