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Sparkling Cucumber Mint Lemonade (A Healthy Soda Alternative)

This Cucumber Mint Lemonade starts with an infused honey syrup for a refreshing summer beverage and healthy soda alternative. Try it as a cocktail too!

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Making an infused honey syrup for Cucumber Mint Lemonade

“Home is where the heart is” is… bullshit, right? For half of my childhood, I grew up in a brick home, on a corner lot, with a big yard, a plum tree, a red barn and a sizable garden. That house was home. It was such a character-filled brick house that if it came on the market today, I might consider moving back to my childhood suburb for the house alone.  

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The Urban Farmer’s honey and local cucumbers for the honey infusion

We moved from that house when I was in middle school- the stressful end of an era of relative comfort. From that point on, we were rather rootless, and I realized how feelings do take root in structures. Home can mean very concrete elements- an outdated wallpaper, an aged tree, pocket doors and a porch. 

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Those porches were everything in summer. The back porch was the base for eating my weight in corn on the cob and tomato-mayo sandwiches. The front porch was the storm watching central. At the time, I probably thought my dad was crazy for how much time he spent simply sitting on the front porch, watching the neighborhood or watching the rain, but now, I get it. Now I crave a front porch, where I could just sit and observe, all the while sipping a refreshing lemonade. 

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(Don’t get me wrongI’m very grateful for the apartment and life I do have. These are just porch/house musings.)

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I may not have a porch, but I do have this Sparkling Cucumber Mint Lemonade recipe in my back pocket. Rather than cane sugar, this recipe uses an infused honey syrup, so it’s also a spring allergy remedy if you’re the spring sneezing type.  

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I collaborated on this recipe with my friend Lindsey Smith, aka The Food Mood Girl. Lindsey does have a porch, so you might find us sipping and scheming on her porch as the summer season fades. 

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Lately, Lindsey and I have taken to celebrating National Food Holidays because why not? There’s a day for everything (like watermelon) and a good excuse to flex some creativity. This beverage finds you just in time for National Lemonade Day just in case you have a porch and feel like celebrating. 

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This combination also works well as a cocktail. Fancy up the cucumber garnish, add a splash of whiskey (my preference) or gin in place of some of the water, sip slowly, and enjoy the fading summer.

Cheers,


Sparkling Cucumber Mint Syrup

About this Recipe: Whether you’re making drinks for a gathering, or simply want to make something refreshing for yourself, this is your drink! The main prep is creating an infused honey syrup, which acts as a concentrate for sparkling water. Try using a sweet basil or other varieties of mint for different versions. The syrup also makes a great gift for a neighbor. Pour it into a pretty jar, tie it with a ribbon, and voila! 

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