We decided that cucumber juice not only makes a refreshing, slightly sweet beverage for a hot summer afternoon, but it looks darn pretty, too!
2008_08_06-CucumberJuice2.jpgPersonally, we thought the juice was a bit strong and bitter all on its own. We liked it better when we mixed in some sparkling water and a squeeze of lemon.

Cucumber Juice
makes about 4 cups of juice
6 medium cucumbers
Set a strainer over a large bowl. For a less-pulpy juice, line the strainer with cheesecloth or coffee filters.
Peel the cucumbers, slice off the ends, and chop into several large pieces. Run the cucumbers in a food processor until pulpy--about two minutes.
Pour the cucumber mash into the strainer and use a spatula to gently stir the mash until no more juice is separating out. Store the juice and the pulp separately for up to one week