Cucumber Mint Slushie - This grown-up green slushie is 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, making this cucumber drink the ultimate refreshing summer drink.
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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). Related: 10 Simple Ways to Stay Hydrated This Summer.
Want a slushie that's naturally sweetened, and actually good for you? This green slushie is a sophisticated cucumber drink that's incredibly hydrating, delicious, and refreshing. 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.
What's in this recipe?
Just a handful of good-for-you ingredients. Here's what you'll need:
- Cucumbers --> I use long English cukes, but whatever you have on hand is fine.
- Mint --> Lots and lots of refreshing mint.
- Lime --> We're juicing up some limes for that citrus zing.
- Honey --> Or another liquid sweetener.
- Salt --> Just a pinch. I just pink Himalayan salt here.
- Ice --> Can't make a slushie without ice!
You're going to need a blender to whizz up this homemade slushie. The blender in these photos is my old workhorse of a Kitchen Aid Blender, which served me well for many years.
I've since upgraded to a Vitamix, which is the love of my life, and blends up a smooth, delicious slushie in no time.
How do you make this recipe?
It's as easy as putting stuff into your blender and blending it on up!
There are a few tips for a better blending experience though:
1. Put the liquid into your blender first, followed by the cucumbers, mint, honey, and salt. Then, put the ice on top. This will help the blades perform optimally, and result in a smoother slushie made faster.
2. You may want to drizzle the honey in as the blender is running, to prevent it from clumping at the bottom.
3. Enjoy these green slushies immediately - they won't stay slushie forever.
Tips for making awesome cucumber mint slushies:
- 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 a vegan slushie? Swap out the honey for a touch of maple syrup or another liquid sweetener of your choice.
- Don't skip the salt! I use 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 cucumber drink, a bit of gin blended in is just right.
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.
Did you know that cucumbers are technically a fruit? They're in the same family as melons, summer squash, and winter squash.
Other refreshing drinks you might enjoy:
Cucumber Mint Slushie
- 1 medium long English cucumber about 10oz / 300g
- 1 large lime juiced
- ¼ cup fresh mint leaves
- 2 tablespoon honey or other liquid sweetener
- pinch sea salt I like pink Himalayan salt
- 3-4 cups ice cubes
- ½ cup cold water
- Place everything in the jug of a blender, starting with the water and finishing with the ice cubes.
- Pulse a few times to get things going, then blend until smooth.
- Add a bit more water to loosen it up if necessary.
- Pour into glasses and serve immediately.
- Nutrition values are an estimate only
Originally published July 2014. Updated, edited, re-photographed, and last re-published June 2, 2020.