A cool summer sipper

August 28, 2013 

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Tequila, watermelon, cucumber and mint combine for a summer cooler.

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You’ll need a heavy-duty juicer or food processor to make this all-natural, virtually sugar-free drink. It requires no cooking.

SUMMER COOLER OF TEQUILA, WATERMELON, CUCUMBER AND MINT

Hands on: 10 minutes Total time: 10 minutes Makes: 1 cocktail

5 leaves fresh mint, plus optional mint sprigs for garnish

2 ounces tequila

2 1/2 ounces fresh watermelon juice

1/2 ounce fresh cucumber juice

3/4 ounce agave syrup (1 part agave nectar mixed with 1 part water)

1/2 ounce lime juice

Additional watermelon with rind, cut into spears to use as garnish Place mint leaves in the palm of your hand, slap them to bruise and place in a shaker. Add tequila, watermelon juice, cucumber juice, agave syrup and lime juice. Fill with ice, shake and pour into tall glass. If desired, garnish with sprigs of fresh mint and watermelon spears.

A note on making the juice: If you don’t have a juicer, you can make juices in a food processor. No need to peel or seed the cucumber. Cut off stem ends, cut into chunks, and pulse until soupy. Do not strain. For the watermelon, place chunks of seedless watermelon in the processor and pulse until soupy. Do not strain. You can also juice the watermelon by pushing chunks through a metal sieve.

Nutrition per serving: 171 calories (percent of calories from fat, 7), 1 gram protein, 10 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, trace fat (no saturated fat), no cholesterol, 6 milligrams sodium.

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