I filled out one of those silly survey things on facebook years ago, and one of the questions asked what my favorite fruits were. Some of my answers were predictable – strawberries, mangoes, cherries. But I also included limes. A few people commented on my unusual choice. The fact is we often forget about citrus fruits when we talk about our favorites. Limes and lemons in particular, which most of us don’t simply eat out of hand. They are incredibly useful in cooking, and occasionally it’s nice to highlight their flavors.
Limes, like their yellow sisters, are packed with vitamin C and believed to fight off diseases such as cancer and cholera. They have an interesting tart flavor that is quite unlike anything else in nature. That’s why they work so well to enhance other produce, like avocados, mangoes, and cucumber.
Like I mentioned on this blog before, cucumbers are famed for their complexion-enhancing powers, which is why they are often used in spa water. Spa water sounds like a hoity-toity beverage, I know, but it’s nothing more than filtered water flavored with fruit and herbs. It’s a virtually calorie-free drink that is super refreshing and feels almost like a cocktail. Only it’s way better for you than a cocktail.
At spas you’ll see all kinds of fruits floating in spa water – strawberries, oranges, you name it. But the classic seems to be cucumber, so I decided to enhance its mild flavor with fresh mint and lime. It’s incredibly easy to make and will impress your guests. I can say this from experience, people. Get out your pitcher, fill it with ice, and make a batch of this spa water.
Cucumber Lime Spa Water (serves 4-6)
- 2 cups of ice
- 1 persian cucumber, thinly sliced
- 2 limes, cut into quarters
- generous handful of fresh mint leaves
- cold filtered water
1. Place ice in a pitcher. Add the cucumber slices, lime wedges, and mint leaves.
2. Fill the pitcher with cold water and refrigerate for a few hours before serving. You can top up the water to add more servings as you use up the water. It will keep in the refrigerator for one day – after that it will get slightly bitter.