Mint and cucumber make this classic summertime drink extra refreshing. This recipe first appeared with our Las Vegas issue, along with Beth Kracklauer's story True West.
Mint and cucumber make this classic summertime drink extra refreshing.
Yield: makes 1 Quart
1 cup fresh lime juice (about 7 limes)
1 cup sugar
Zest of 3 limes (about 1 1/2 T)
1⁄4 cup mint leaves
1 liter bottle lemon/lime seltzer, chilled
1 medium cucumber, thinly sliced
Place juice, sugar, zest, and 2 cups water in a 2-qt saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and stir until sugar is dissolved, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat, add mint leaves, and let sit for 30 minutes. Pour through a fine strainer into a 1-qt. pitcher, stir in cucumber slices, and chill. Add entire bottle of seltzer to pitcher and serve immediately over ice.