Cucumber Mint Slushie

Cucumber Mint Slushie – the perfect refreshing and nourishing drink for hot weather. Cucumber, mint, and lime are blended together with just a touch of honey and lots of ice for the ultimate refreshing summer drink. 

A tall glass bottle and a jar with bright green cucumber slush on a grey background

I used to be straight up addicted to slushies. I mean, what’s not to love about an icy cold slushie on a hot day? Rootbeer was my flavour of choice, and brain freeze was frequent.

I still treat myself to a proper slushie once in a while because what fun is life if you can’t have the occasional rootbeer slushie on a hot day? But in general, sweet sugary drinks aren’t my thing (and artificially sweetened drinks *definitely* aren’t my thing).

sliced cucumbers, mint, juiced limes, and honey on a grey background

Want a slushie that’s deliciously refreshing, naturally sweetened, and actually good for you? Hello, Cucumber Mint Slushie!

Cucumbers are sooooo nourishing, and they’re totally in season at this time of year. They’ve got a range of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, and their phytonutrients are linked to anti-cancer benefits. Did you know that cucumbers are technically a fruit? They’re in the same family as melons, summer squash, and winter squash.

Ice, cucumber, mint, lime, and honey in a blender with juiced limes and mint in the background

Cucumber blended up with a handful of fresh mint, a squeeze of lime, and just a touch of honey makes for an incredibly refreshing, and nutritious, summer drink. I also like to add a pinch of pink Himalayan salt to bump up those trace minerals, and because for many of us a drink with a bit of salt in it is actually more hydrating than without.

Feel free to switch up the herbs depending on your tastes or what you have on hand. I’ve also made this Cucumber Mint Slushie with cilantro or Thai basil in place of the mint, both of which are delicious. Pro tip: for a grown-up drink, a bit of gin blended in is just right.

Blended cucumber lime slush in a glass blender

Tips for making awesome cucumber mint slushies:

  • This one may seem super obvious, but you need a blender to make this recipe. The bad news is that I don’t think a hand-held blender would work well, but you definitely don’t need a super fancy blender to pull this off. Mine is a Kitchen Aid, for those who want to know.
  • This recipe is all about the cucumber, so choose a nice firm ripe one with bright green skin.
  • I leave the skin on my cucumber because lots of valuable nutrients are concentrated in the skin. Just give it a good scrub before using.
  • Want to make your Cucumber Mint Slushie vegan? Swap out the honey for a touch of maple syrup or another liquid sweetener of your choice.
  • This slushie is best consumed directly after you make it, but the good news is that it doesn’t take much time to throw together.

Overhead photo of cucumber lime slush in two glass jars with limes and cucumbers in the background

Hey Nutrition Lady, I tell us more about cucumbers!

Alrighty then! Cucumbers are an excellent source of vitamin K, which helps your blood clot when you need it to! They are also a good source of copper, potassium, manganese, vitamin C, phosphorus, magnesium, biotin, and vitamin B1.

The phytonutrients found in cucumbers (cucurbitacins, lignans, and flavonoids) provide us with valuable antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits. Cucumbers also contain the mineral silica, which is important for nail and hair health.

Two glass jars with cucumber lime slush, with a grey tea towel in the background and limes, cucumbers, and mint scattered around

Other refreshing drinks you might enjoy:

Chia Fresca
Pear Ginger Springtime Smoothie
Berry Fennel Smoothie
Chocolate Black Bean Brownie Smoothie

Two glass jars with cucumber lime slush, with a grey tea towel in the background and limes, cucumbers, and mint scattered around
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Cucumber Mint Slushie

Cucumber Mint Slushie - the perfect refreshing and nourishing drink for hot weather. Cucumber, mint, and lime are blended together with just a touch of honey and lots of ice for the ultimate refreshing summer drink. 

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword slushie
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 34 kcal
Author Katie Trant

Ingredients

  • 1 medium long English cucumber about 300g
  • 1 large lime juiced
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 2 Tbsp honey or other liquid sweetener
  • pinch sea salt I like pink Himalayan salt
  • 3-4 cups ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup cold water

Instructions

  1. Place everything in the jug of a blender.
  2. Pulse a few times to get things going, then blend until smooth.
  3. Add a bit more water to loosen it up if necessary.
  4. Pour into glasses and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition values are an estimate onlyΒ 

Nutrition Facts
Cucumber Mint Slushie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 34
% Daily Value*
Sodium 3mg 0%
Potassium 16mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Sugars 8g
Vitamin A 2.4%
Vitamin C 1.1%
Calcium 0.7%
Iron 0.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Originally published July 2014

 



 

Comments

  1. I have to admit to being a bit of slushie addict myself, only now I use my toddler as an excuse (he won’t touch them) to indulge. I’ve never tried a cucumber veion, but now that you mention it, of course they are going to be utterly quenching, cooling and refreshing x

  2. This sounds great! I make a really similar one, with the addition of avocado and coconut water (no honey) but I like the idea of this lighter, slushier version. Avocado makes it creamier, more like a smoothie, but this sounds so refreshing. Yum!

    • Oooh, avocado sounds good. I’ve done that in a smoothie before and it did indeed make it extra creamy. This version definitely does the trick for a slushie fix, though!

  3. And I thought cucumbers were just water! Thanks for the info and recipe. I’ll tend my garden ‘s cukes more carefully now.

    • I will admit to having taste tested the gin addition and can highly recommend! I also love a slice of cucumber with my gin drinks (not a tonic girl, I find it too sweet). If you like that, you’ll love this!

      • I will indeed. I might have to make one up tomorrow! I always have all of the ingredients and MIL just brought back some Dutch jevenver from their holiday in The Netherlands x

  4. On our first hot day of the year I decided to make this because it sounded so refreshing and it was. Although I didn’t miss the sweetener I found that all of my honey was stuck to the bottom of the blender, it didn’t mix in because if the ice. Any suggestions?

    • Hey Sandra! Oh, that’s annoying when that happens. I have two suggestions for you: try adding the ice first and the honey into the blender last, so it’s sitting on top of the other ingredients when you start bending. I think when it is added sooner it has an opportunity to sink down and can get stuck beneath the ice if you don’t have a super powerful blender. Or, try blending everything without the honey, and then drizzling it in at the end with the blender running.

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