Cucumber Soda & Other Ways To Use Cucumbers

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During the summer months, there is one ingredient that I always like to have on hand: Cucumbers. 

They are crisp, refreshing, and the ways you can use them (both in meals and in your beauty routine) are seemingly endless.  Cucumbers are about 95% water, so just eating them on their own can help keep your body hydrated – they’re also a great source of Vitamin B, which gives you a nice little energy boost.  And, another great side effect of eating a few cucumber slices in the morning? They contain chemicals that help kill of bacteria in your mouth, making your breath fresher and mouth cleaner :). Here are some other great ways to use cucumbers!

Cucumber Water

cucumbers

I don’t think there’s anything more refreshing than cucumber water on a hot summer day.  They add the perfect amount of flavor and subtle sweetness to ordinary water.  I like to add several slices to a mason jar of water and let it sit overnight to really infuse with flavor.  You can re-use the cucumbers a few times as well – sometimes when I finish the water I like to eat a few slices to enjoy some of the benefits mentioned above!

cucumber water

cucumber-water

Homemade Cucumber Soda

This might be my new favorite thing – and it is SO easy to make. Chop up half of a large cucumber (or if the cucumber is smaller you can use the whole thing), and add to a medium sized mason jar filled with boiling water.  Add half a cup of sugar – this step is optional, though – or you can substitute your favorite natural sweetener.  I put my mason jar out in the sun for a couple of hours to let it fully infuse.

cucumber simple syrup

cucumber simple syrup

To make the soda, fill a glass with seltzer and then top it off with some of the “syrup” – you can add as much or as little as you want, depending on your taste.  Be warned though, it’s slightly addicting!

cucumber soda

cucumber soda water

Face & Hair Mask

cucumber face mask

We’ve all seen cucumbers being used on the eyes to reduce puffiness – so it should come as no surprise that cucumber is an excellent ingredient for facial masks! Mix one plain yogurt with a half a cucumber to create this mask that can be used on the face AND hair – it’s incredibly cooling on the skin, helps to reduce redness and blemishes, and is also great after you’ve spent some time in the sun! You can also use it on your hair – cucumbers contain silicon and sulfate, which stimulate hair growth and help make your hair extra shiny.

cucumber water

What are your favorite ways to use cucumbers? Got any good recipes to share? Leave them in the comments!

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johnna green -June 9, 2014, 8:52AM

im excited to try the cucumber soda recipe! Here is my fave detox cucumber water recipe and juice recipe

http://www.inallofhersplendor.com/2014/05/23/lemon-cayenne-pepper-juice-recipe/

http://www.inallofhersplendor.com/2014/03/13/yummy-detox-water-recipe/

Julie -June 9, 2014, 8:53AM

This looks incredible! I’ve just been really getting into infused waters lately and I’ve been loving them – not to mention they act as a nice decoration at my desk at work! I’ll definitely have to try the cucumber soda.
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LamentingLizzie -June 9, 2014, 10:43AM

I simply must try the cucumber soda! For the cucumber water, try adding a slice of lemon to the mix… so so so good.

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Juliette Laura -June 9, 2014, 12:48PM

Ohhhh definitely trying cucumber soda! And I agree with Lizzie, lemon is great in cuke water!

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Rhonda -June 9, 2014, 3:34PM

This looks really good. I think I am going to try iyr

Brittany Bly -June 9, 2014, 4:45PM

I also love cucumber and mint as a flavor combo. I think it would make a really lovely soda.

D'Aundra -June 9, 2014, 5:34PM

I love cucumber water and can’t have any green juice without cucumber added. I’ve never thought to do cucumber soda but will definitely add it to my list of things to try — sounds delicious!

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Victoria -June 9, 2014, 5:40PM

I usually make a dip out of greek yogurt and dill. Then I just cut up the cucumbers! Its so easy and healthy

alexa -June 9, 2014, 6:16PM

How lovely, I love cucumbers

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Claire-Line -June 9, 2014, 7:03PM

Good to know. I’ll try the mask. I already use cucumber in my “detox” water with lemon and mint so fresh ans healthy!
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Lily -July 12, 2014, 11:23AM

My favourite way to use Cucumbers? A Hendricks G&T. Cucumber can be often controversial when put in a G&T but when it’s Hendricks, anything else would be wrong. I also love cucumber water, it’s heaven on a hot day.

Hypnotica Vintage -July 12, 2014, 11:35AM

I love to add cucumber to my juicing blend… pineapple, spinach, ginger, turmeric and cucumber- amazing!!
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Cedric Eve -July 12, 2014, 7:21PM

So many great ideas ! You could literally make a nice TV commercial with these tricks!

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Juliaj -July 13, 2014, 5:37AM

It is perfect to drink cucumber in the summer, love it :)

Neeltje -July 13, 2014, 5:50AM

I tried this last week and it’s so nice when it’s hot outside! x
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John -July 15, 2014, 5:05PM

Ohhhh I’ve noticed quite alot of people drinking water with cucumber and wanted to give it a shot … 2 guesses where I’m going after work tomorrow :)

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