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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Other refreshing drinks you might enjoy:
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.
- 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
- Place everything in the jug of a blender.
- 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