1small cucumber OR half of a medium cucumberscrubbed & sliced
2sprigs fresh mintwashed & bruised
1/2limescrubbed & sliced (optional)
10 to 12cupscool filtered water
Place sliced cucumber, mint sprigs, and lime slices (if using) in a large pitcher. Pour water into the pitcher. Cover and refrigerate for anywhere from 1 to 8 hours (the longer you infuse the water, the stronger the flavor will become). Strain the water into a glass and serve chilled with a slice of cucumber for garnish, if desired.
When making infused water, I prefer to use well-washed, organic ingredients, so as to avoid any potential pesticides infusing into my water.
If your pitcher of water is going to last more than a day, I recommend removing the lime slices after 6 to 8 hours to prevent the water from turning bitter.
In order to enjoy Cucumber Water without the wait, put a few slices of cucumber, a few mint leaves, a thin slice of lime, and a few ice cubes in a bottle or jar. Fill the bottle/jar with water, seal, shake, and enjoy immediately.