In this article, we're answering your questions about cucumber water. You'll find out what it tastes like, how to prepare it, how long it lasts and more.
Let's dive in...
What Does Cucumber Water Taste Like?
You definitely have to like the flavor of cucumbers if you're going to drink cucumber water. It tastes like a milder version of cucumber, vegetal but in a refreshing way, and without the slight bitter taste in actual cucumber.
Many cucumber waters are infused with lemon to create greater complexity and familiarity as so many of us like to squeeze fresh lemon into our water.
There are lots of different takes on cucumber water, which we'll take a look at in a little bit.
How Long Can You Keep Cucumbers in Water?
Most recipes will suggest leaving sliced cucumber in water for anywhere from one to 12 hours, after which the flavors are fully extracted and there's no need to let the cukes keep marinading.
Theoretically, you could have cucumber slices sitting in water beyond 12 hours, but they may start getting icky-looking within a few days.
How Long Does Cucumber Water Last?
Cucumber water only has a refrigerated shelf life of two to four days. The fresher it is, the better it will taste, though it will still be perfectly palatable after a couple of days.
You shouldn't leave cucumber water out on the counter as it contains a perishable product (cucumber). If you're not sure if an older beverage is still good, just smell it. It should smell fresh, not sour of funny in any way.
How Much Cucumber Water Should I Drink Daily?
As far as we know, there's nothing wrong with drinking a glass or more of cucumber water on the daily. It's a good way of getting you closer to reaching your goal of eight cups of water per day.
We will say that some people experience detoxifying effects. If you drink a ton of it, it's possible that you could notice some, but they're not supposed to be uncomfortable.
Cucumber Water Recipe Tips
Making a batch of cucumber water is incredibly easy as you just need sliced cucumbers and water. If you'd like to see what other ingredients people add to make it exciting, check out these short videos.
This video is going to show you how to make cucumber water with juicy watermelon and fresh mint. It's excellent for hot weather.
Here's a cucumber water prepared with spicy ginger root and tart lemon. The combination will wake you up while it hydrates you.
Strawberries and cucumbers are absolutely delicious together, as you'll find out when you try this recipe.
Water infused with cucumber really does taste like the vegetable, only milder. It's refreshing like lemon water, and you can mix the two for some variation. For even better results, throw in any fresh herbs and fruits you like, including raspberries, oranges, rosemary and cilantro. Serve a strawberry-mint-cucumber water at your next vegan cookout this summer as a gorgeous alternative to flat water.