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Cucumber, Basil & Ginger – A Refreshing “Mocktail.”

You may have seen this in restaurants where they serve craft cocktails, and for good reason. It is a light, refreshing blend of flavours.

Bonus: the combo also has a mild detoxification effect on our bodies. Plus, cucumbers have a whopping 96% water content and three awesome phytonutrients called cucurbitacins, lignans, and flavonoids that have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits. They don’t say, “cool as a cucumber” for nothing!

Ingredients:

• ½ of an English cucumber OR one small salad cucumber, cut in half and sliced thin

• 3 to 5 basil leaves, rubbed or “slapped” to release flavour

• 4 slices fresh ginger (or use sliced ginger in a jar)

• 1 litre water

Directions:

Rinse and prepare the first three ingredients.

Drop into a 1 litre or greater pitcher. Add the water.

Let ingredients steep – the longer, the more flavour.

You can store covered at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

Serves four eight-ounce glasses.

Enjoy!

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