Cucumber Agua Fresca
This cucumber drink recipe featured at Brooklyn's Pies n Thighs uses fresh ginger for an added kick, with a hint of lime juice to round out the flavors. Get the recipe for Cucumber Agua Fresca. MacKenzie Smith

I first sampled this drink on one of the hottest days of the summer. My parents were visiting me for the first time since I had moved to New York City, and I had their ten-hour stay all planned out with as many food stops as I could fit in. One of our stops in Brooklyn was Pies ‘n’ Thighs, a restaurant where I worked part-time in the pastry kitchen. We sat down, desperately trying to cool off, and when our drink orders arrived, one of them was this frosty, palate-cleansing cucumber cooler.

Making the pale green drink at home couldn’t be easier: peeled cucumbers whiz in a blender with water and fresh ginger, and the resulting puree is strained through cheesecloth and rounded out with a touch of lime juice. It’s the perfect non-alcoholic thirst-quencher for these hot July days.

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