I haven’t been on a bender since well before I had kids. But sometimes I’ll get “overserved” at an event, or a new cocktail might leave me a bit more bleary-eyed than I’d like. That’s when I turn to this refreshing concoction. The melon and cucumber help to hydrate you, while the salt and mint aid in settling your stomach.
Watermelon-Cucumber Hangover Cure
- 2 cups (300g) cubed watermelon
- 1⁄2 cup (75g) peeled and sliced cucumber, any variety
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 6 fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
- 1 liter sparkling water
- chilled agave nectar, light or dark (optional)
- Ice, for serving
1. Combine the watermelon, cucumber, lime juice, salt, and mint in a blender and blend until smooth.
2. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing to release all the liquid.
3. Into a tall glass filled with ice, pour 1⁄2 cup (125ml) of the watermelon mixture and top with 1⁄2 cup (125ml) or more of the sparkling water. Stir in agave to taste, if using.
Sip slowly until you’ve recovered. Have another glass if you need it.
Store any remaining cooler covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 day. Stir well before drinking.
From Eating in Color: Delicious, Healthy Recipes for You and Your Family by Frances Largeman-Roth. Reprinted with permission.
Frances Largeman-Roth, R.D. is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, a New York Times bestselling author and nationally recognized nutrition and wellness expert. Frances is the author of Smoothies & Juices: Prevention Healing Kitchen, Feed the Belly: The Pregnant Mom's Healthy Eating Guide and Eating In Color: Delicious, Healthy Recipes for You and Your Family. She is also the co-author of the bestselling The CarbLovers Diet.
Frances is a freelance writer and recipe developer for numerous publications, including Today.com, Parents, and Parade. She has appeared on numerous national TV shows, including The Today Show, The Dr. Oz Show, The Rachael Ray Show, Good Morning America, Access Hollywood Live and CNN. Frances contributes expert quotes to national publications and also helps healthy food brands share their message. Frances is a member of the James Beard Foundation and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She received her undergraduate degree at Cornell University and completed her dietetic internship at Columbia.
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