Cucumber Lemon Ginger Water helps you stay hydrated and has ingredients that can decrease bloating.
- About Cucumber Mint Water
- How to Make Cucumber Lemon Ginger Water
- Recipe Tips
- Frequently Asked Questions
About Cucumber Mint Water
If you are trying to stay hydrated but have trouble remembering to drink enough water, you will love this ginger lemon and cucumber water!
This post was originally titled "Skinny Water" - as you might notice in the URL. However, using the term "skinny" isn't an accurate way to describe the drink.
And it can give the impression that it's better to be skinny - which it's not.
Will this water make you "skinny"? No.
Does cucumber mint water help you lose weight? No.
Will this water detox your body more than regular water? Nope.
All of the claims that ginger lemon and cucumber water will help you lose weight or detox your body are absolutely exaggerated.
You have organs that automatically detox your body, so your body is naturally detoxing if you have a normally functioning kidney, liver, lungs, digestive tract, and skin.
However, dehydration comes with a lot of unpleasant side effects.
Being dehydrated can lead to decreased energy, increased risk of headaches and constipation, impaired brain function, degraded mood, increased perception of task difficulty, lower concentration, and increased anxiety.
And if you'd like to flavor your water to make it more fun to drink, you will want to try this recipe!
Plus, it includes ingredients that can possibly help decrease bloating like ginger which can increase circulation and encourage stomach emptying.
Ginger also can help decrease fermentation in the gut to reduce gas.
Quick note: consuming large amounts of water can lead to bloating. So don't consume excessive amounts of water.
Water: Naturally, to make infused water, you will need water. I like to use filtered water because I prefer how it tastes, but it's not mandatory.
Cucumber: Regular cucumber, mini cucumber, and English cucumbers are a few of the types that have been used for recipe testing. Any cucumber will work.
Lemon: A regular lemon is needed to make this cucumber lemon ginger water. If you love lemon flavor, you can add extra. Also, Meyer lemons or limes are good options.
Ginger: To make ginger lemon and cucumber water, you'll need fresh ginger. You can slice, mince, or grate it. Grating it will give the strongest ginger flavor whereas slicing it will give the least.
Mint: Fresh mint is added to this Cucumber Lemon Ginger Water to amp up the flavor. Spearmint and peppermint are common types of fresh mint that work well in this recipe.
While mint has positive qualities like digestive support, omit it if you do not like the taste or if it increases reflux or discomfort in your body.
- water 8 cups: $0
- cucumber 1 medium: $0.78
- lemon 1: $0.50
- ginger 1-inch piece: $0.25
- mint ¼ cup: $0.49
TOTAL COST: $2.02 or $0.25/serving (Based on San Diego grocery stores 2023)
Note that this is not the recipe; it's simply to show the cost breakdown of ingredients. Scroll down to the full recipe to see the specific ingredients and directions.
How to Make Cucumber Lemon Ginger Water
- Slice lemon and cucumber.
- Add to a pitcher.
- Grate in ginger.
You can also mince or slice the ginger, and add it to the pitcher.
- Sprinkle in chopped mint.
- Pour in water.
- Stir and refrigerate.
*Be sure to wash all of the ingredients well before adding them to the water.
There's no need to peel the ginger or cucumber.
However, if you plan to eat the ginger, you might want to peel it.
Lemon: As a substitute for lemon in this ginger lemon and cucumber water recipe, you can use lime or orange.
Mint: If you do not have mint or don't want to use it, you can omit it or use basil or parsley in its place for a different flavor.
How to Make Allergy-Friendly
Ginger lemon and cucumber water is naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free, and egg-free. It is vegan and vegetarian as well.
Unless you are allergic or sensitive to one of the ingredients, this infused water recipe can be enjoyed by everyone.
How to Fix a Mistake
Lacks flavor: For the most flavor, let the water infuse for at least 8 hours or overnight. You can add more ginger, mint, cucumber, and/or lemon as desired.
The flavor is too strong: Add more water.
This cucumber mint water is perfect for making in advance because the flavor is best if it has time to infuse.
You can also prepare this and continue to add water to it for up to 5 days.
Keep this in a pitcher in the fridge for up to 5 days.
If you want to prolong it even more, once you've finished the water, add a spoonful of ingredients to ice cube trays then fill with water and freeze.
You can use the ice cubes for water or tea.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, it's delicious! Very refreshing and more exciting than regular water.
Lemon and cucumber water can possibly exacerbate indigestion or heartburn because the acidity in the lemon and compounds in cucumbers have been linked to these side effects.
Additionally, consuming a lot of acidic beverages can possibly damage your tooth enamel. Simply rinse your mouth with regular water after drinking highly acidic beverages to prevent this from happening.
While the ingredients like cucumber, ginger, lemon, and mint have some benefits like antioxidants and vitamins, the main reason that drinking infused water is beneficial is because it encourages you to drink more water. This can ensure that you are hydrated which is important for overall health.
Staying hydrated is important for skin health. The benefits from the mint and cucumber are mostly seen if you consume them versus only drinking infused water. However, ensuring that you are properly hydrated is beneficial for your skin.
By flavoring your water with mint and cucumber, you might be more likely to drink enough water for your body.
Benefits of Lemon Cucumber Mint Water
What are the benefits of drinking cucumber ginger and lemon?
The biggest benefit is that this cucumber lemon ginger water encourages you to drink more water which can help you stay hydrated.
Hydrating is a great way to care for yourself since your body is around 55 to 60% water.
Dehydration can lead to decreased energy, increased risk of headaches, degraded mood, lower concentration, and increased anxiety.
Staying adequately hydrated can be easier to do when you have an option you enjoy drinking like this infused water.
Additionally, it contains ingredients that can possibly help decrease bloating like ginger which can increase circulation and encourage stomach emptying.
Ginger also can help decrease fermentation in the gut to reduce gas.
Plus, this water is a good source of Vitamin C.
If you decide to eat the cucumber, mint, and/or ginger in this water, you'll also get the benefits of these ingredients like anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, they contain a small amount of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
What to Serve with Cucumber Lemon Ginger Water
This cucumber mint water goes with almost any and everything.
For many people, myself included, regular water is not enticing. However, when flavored water is available, it might motivate you to want to drink more of it.
This infused water can encourage you to drink enough water, especially if you don't enjoy plain water.
Level up your water with this refreshing infused water.
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Cucumber Lemon Ginger Water
- 8 cups water
- 1 medium cucumber thinly sliced
- 1 medium lemon thinly sliced
- 1 inch piece ginger sliced, grated, or minced
- ¼ cup mint leaves
- Stir everything together in a large pitcher.
- Refrigerate overnight before drinking for best flavor.
This post was originally published on August 31, 2012. The text, recipe, and photos have been updated
Cucumber Lemon Ginger Water Nutrition Facts
*The nutrition facts are based on if you eat the cucumbers and mint.