Cucumber lemon water is not only refreshing, beautiful and delicious but it also contains lots of nutritional benefits.
Infused water is one of my favorite things to make, especially when the weather starts to warm up. It really helps to cool you down and is super refreshing.
Sometimes I do struggle with drinking enough water throughout the day but when I know there is a beautiful and tasty pitcher of water with cucumber and lemon in the fridge, I am more likely to drink a big glass.
My kids also tend to drink more water when it’s infused. They love the taste and think it’s like having a special treat.
What you need
Cucumber – For this recipe, I use an English cucumber because it has less seeds but any variety of cucumber will work.
Lemon – This recipe calls for 2 but 1 large lemon works well.
Water – Filtered water is great for this recipe but if you are in a pinch, tap water works.
How to make cucumber lemon water
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- Prepare: Clean and thinly slice a lemon and cucumber.
- Mix: Add to a pitcher and lightly mash to release juices.
- Water: Pour in water and ice. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Does the flavor get stronger over time?
Yes, the longer it sits, the more the flavor will intensify. If I am going to serve it for a lunch or dinner, I try to make it at least an hour before so it has time to release the flavor.
Benefits of drinking cucumber lemon water
There are so many reasons to drink this water besides staying hydrated. It has no artificial flavoring, color or added sugar to start.
- Lemon: Helps to alkalize the body. Is also full of vitamin C which has great immune boosting properties.
- Cucumber: Has anti-inflammatory properties and is great for re-hydration. It also is full of antioxidants like vitamin A and K, potassium, magnesium and calcium.
How much should I drink a day?
It depends on factors like your height, weight, activity level and goals. 64 oz of water per day is what many experts suggest to be a good goal.
If you are super active and sweat more than average, live in a hot climate, or are sick you would want to drink more.
Does it help you lose weight and belly fat?
The answer is maybe. This drink helps to aid in digestion, has detoxifying properties and can help boost your metabolism.
Also, if you drink this detox water instead of sugary drinks and sodas, it helps to greatly reduce calorie intake.
How long does it last?
This infused water lasts for about 2 days. After that the cucumber starts to breakdown.
Ginger – Add a few thin slices of ginger for a little added spice and is great for digestion.
Mint – Will add a touch of sweetness and is also great for digestion.
Watermelon – Adds sweetness and of course, beautiful pink color.
- As mentioned above, make sure to wash off the lemons and cucumber before slicing.
- Use quality water. We have a water filter but you can used bottled water or you might have great tap water.
- When in the refrigerator, make sure to keep it covered so it doesn’t take on any other smells. You could put plastic wrap over the pitcher or store in a large jar with a lid.
- I also like to freeze lemon and cucumber slices to add to infused waters. They act like ice cubes and keep the drink cold.
Ideas to serve cucumber lemon water
- Spicy chicken salad – Chicken salad loaded with vegetables and a hint of spice.
- Keto snack box – Low carb, high in protein lunch or snack.
- Greek bowls – Filled with chicken sausage and Greek salad.
- BBQ chicken cobb salad – BBQ chicken with vegetables, egg and avocado.
- Cucumber avocado dip – Creamy dip filled with cucumbers, peppers and avocados.
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Cucumber Lemon Water
- 1 cucumber, sliced
- 2 lemons, sliced
- 8-10 cups filtered water or tap water
- 2-3 cups ice
- Slice cucumber and lemons into thin slices. Place in a large pitcher.
- Using a masher or wooden spoon, press down on cucumber and lemon slices to release juices.
- Add ice and water to pitcher. Serve immediately or store in refrigerator.