Food + Wine

Cucumber Kiwi Cooler

I’ve kinda been on a healthy frozen cocktail ride lately.  I’ve become a bit obsessed with making delicious summery drinks without all the usual added sugar.  It’s been a lot of fun!  Mainly because I get to lick the spoon…sometimes before cocktail hour has begun…which makes me feel super naughty.
Nothin’ like getting a little buzz before lunch.

I’ve posted my Healthier Pina Colada recipe, and my All-Fruit Margarita recipe…all which have become super popular.  (Honestly, if you haven’t made them yet… why?)  But yesterday when I was prepping for a little get together at the house, I decided to make something new.  And honestly, the idea behind this cocktail came from what I happened to have in my fridge (isn’t that how all my recipes come to be?)  I had a couple cucumbers and a big ole bowl of super ripe kiwis needing a home, so my imagination just kinda took over from there.
This cocktail has pureed cucumber, kiwi, fresh mint leaves, fresh lime juice, gin and a little agave nectar.  It’s so refreshing!  And honestly…pretty darn healthy if you think about it.  It’s very lightly sweetened by the added agave, and loaded with whole fruit and veggies…plus, since the kiwis contain so much fiber and vitamin C, I think we could call this thing a boozy smoothie.
Call it what you want (my husband said I should call it a Cucumber Kiwi Cooler), but just make it.  Make it today!  Or come on over to my house and have one.
Happy Memorial Day.
makes about 5 cups
In a blender combine the following…-2 standard cucumbers- peeled, seeded and cut/broken into chunks
6 ripe kiwis, peeled
the juice of 1 juicy lime
big handful of fresh mint leaves
1/2 cup of gin
a squeeze of agave nectar (to taste)

Blend until completely pureed, then freeze until ready to serve

(You can also plan ahead and freeze your cucumber chunks and kiwis, thus eliminating the ‘freezing before serving’ bit.)

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