Crunch. Refreshing. Clean.
Really, that’s all you need to know. All there is. Well, not all but most of what there is.
This is the season for cucumbers, Cucumis sativus. Originally from Southern Asia, they now grow in most climes and regions of the world where they sliced, picked, eaten, juiced and more. I like cucumbers and I’m determined to do more than include them in my smoothies and salads. I’d very much like to enjoy their ‘clean’ flavour in drinks. My friend B considers cucumbers, like lettuce, a waste of space. Her thinking is, why should I invest my time in eating something that takes more calories to chomp on than it gives. Ridiculous she says. But, but, I was able to win her over with a delightful salad of peppers and chilies…
So, I want to discover the purity of cucumber juice. The one that must leave me feeling young and fresh and healthy.
And so I make up what I’m going to call the green base juice. That’s seen itself transformed into mocktails – with apple juice, a la Mojito; a vodka cocktail with muddled mint and some sweet.
The base is made up of juices:
Juiced mint. Yes, you can juice mint, as I learnt myself. The idea of juicing greens is still a source of wonder for me.
And lime juice. No passed through the juicer for who wants to harshness of limes when the heady fragrance would do? Lime juice, obtained from my yellow hand press I mix up the base which is green as it is fragrant and herbed.