This fresh cucumber lemon juice is bright in flavor, hydrating and delicious. Make it in 5 minutes with 3 ingredients using a blender or juicer. Sweeten it or not, and then drink up a cucumber juice full of electrolytes, supportive of digestion and a powerful detox drink.
Cucumber lemon juice is easy to make in a blender and tastes as fresh and light as a summer breeze. Here is a recipe that you can make in minutes using only healthy ingredients. This juice is very hydrating since cucumbers are 90% water. Juiced and combined with lemon and ginger, this homemade cucumber juice not only detoxes your body, but it also quenches your thirst wonderfully. You can choose to sweeten it with an apple, turning cucumber lemon juice into cucumber lemonade.
Like my watermelon juice, my ginger juice, my homemade lime juice, celery juice, aloe vera juice, or my beet juice recipe, or my apple cider vinegar drink, my cucumber lemon juice is refreshing and incredibly healing.
Why You'll Love This Juice
Health benefits. A refreshing hydrating way to detox. Cucumber juice, any variation, reduces inflammation, prevents constipation, lowers blood pressure, and provides so many other benefits that you'll feel great after drinking it.
Simple to make. Cucumbers are inexpensive, and making cucumber juice is a cheap way to make a healthy, cooling drink. You can blend up this juice in a blender, a juicer or even a food processor. Then, just like my homemade ginger shots recipe, you'll strain the mixture to remove the pulp.
Easy to sweeten. If you prefer a sweeter juice or want to make a cucumber drink for kids, I show you how to turn this cucumber juice into cucumber lemonade.
Nutrition of Cucumbers. Cucumbers are a mild tasting vegetable over-loaded with nutritional benefits including fiber, components that reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, support muscle repair, detox, and ease joint pain and make skin glow thanks to an abundance of silica, vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium. [source]
Nutrition of Lemons. Lemons or their juice provide vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants. One lemon contains 31 mg of vitamin C, which about half the recommended daily amount [source]. They are good for digestive health and may lower cholesterol. The citric acid in lemons may also help prevent kidney stones.
Nutrition of Ginger. Adding ginger to your cucumber lemon juice adds a fresh zingy flavor, and provides wonderful health benefits. Gingerol in ginger has strong anti-inflammatory properties which help repair the body and ward off disease, can also help settle upset stomachs and is very high in many essential vitamins including vitamin C and B6. [source]
Cucumbers. It's best to use organic cucumbers to be sure your raw juice doesn't include pesticides. Your choices of this vegetable include:
- English or Persian cucumbers, unpeeled. These are long and skinny and wrapped in plastic to avoid damaging their thin skin.
- Regular cucumbers. These are shorter and fatter than the English cucumbers, and have a thick dark green skin. This type is not good for juicing because its skin tends to be more bitter than the English cucumber, yet that bitterness comes from a higher presence of cucurbitacins, the compound that is magical at reducing inflammation so perhaps use this type in a sweeter cucumber lemonade drink.
- Don't use mini cucumbers. Smaller, the size of pickles. These are not advised to use for juice; they are more conducive to making pickles. They usually are found in produce in packages of 5.
Lemon juice. Fresh or organic bottled. Best when making cucumber lemon juice or cucumber lemonade.
Ginger root. This is optional, but I highly recommend it. Adding ginger adds a zing to your cucumber lemon juice as well as more healthy benefits. You can use fresh ginger or ginger powder.
To make plain cucumber juice, to this recipe you'll want to add lime juice instead of lemon juice as lime juice brings out the green cucumber flavor.
To make cucumber lemonade, to this recipe you'll want to add an apple, as well as both lime and lemon juice to establish a sweet lemonade flavor.
- Paring knife
- Blender, Juicer or Food Processor
- Fine Mesh Strainer
Step by Step Instructions
For more detail, visit the complete recipe at the bottom of this post, but here are general steps.
Step 1: Wash the cucumbers and lemon. Wash the outer skin with soap and water and dry them.
Step 2: Cut the cucumbers and remove bitterness. Reduce the bitter flavor of cucumbers by removing cucurbitacin, a foaming substance which tends to be most concentrated in cucumber tips. Cut off about one inch of each cucumber tip and use the tip to rub gentle circles on the blunt end of the cucumber. Run the cucumbers under water to rinse off the cucurbitacin, a white foamy paste that the rubbing triggered.
Step 3: Add chopped cucumbers and lemon juice to a blender, or your juicer or food processor.
Step 4: Wash and chop fresh ginger. Scrap off the skin with the edge of spoon or press through a garlic press. Or measure out powdered ginger. Add that to the cucumber and lemon juice.
Step 5: Process the ingredients. If you used a juicer, your juice is ready. If you used a blender or food processor, move to the step 6.
Step 6: Pour the mixture through a strainer, press the pulp with a spoon or spatula to release all the juice. Reserve the liquid as your juice. Discard the pulp or freeze it in ice cube trays to add to smoothies for extra fiber.
Step 7: Enjoy the juice over ice or even use a milk frother to fluff up a froth.
Cucumber juice is best consumed within 24 hours of preparation, but if you want to make it ahead for, say the week, pour leftovers into ice cube trays, and add a few cubes to a glass the night before, refrigerate the glass so the cubes will melt overnight and drink the juice the next day.
For optimum nutrition, use the ice cubes within two weeks as the nutritional benefit fades the older the ice cubes become.
Plain cucumber juice: Blend 2 cucumbers and lime juice.
Cucumber lemonade: Blend 2 cucumbers, lemon & lime juice and ½ a chopped, peeled apple.
Additions To Add
- Celery. Add ½ a celery stalk.
- Mint. Add fresh mint leaves to give the drink a cool minty kick.
- Orange. Add orange slices to add a sweet citrus flavor.
Two cups or 16 ounces of cucumber juice are useful in achieving the benefits of inflammation control and detox. This recipe makes 2 cups of juice and uses two cucumbers.
Yes, cucumber lemon water detoxes your body by being a natural diuretic which helps the body to pass toxins.
You can drink both as each one provides different benefits. Experts suggest you drink the celery juice on an empty stomach, and follow with cucumber juice at least 30 minutes after that.
You can but you will get different nutrients with juicing. Juicing helps release the cucurbitacins, the compound that provides much benefit to joints, cell repair and generally reducing inflammation.
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Cucumber Lemon Juice (Blender or Juicer)
- paring knife
- Blender, Juicer or Food Processor
- glass juice container
- 2 cucumbers See notes for best choices.*
- ½ cup water
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice juice from one lemon, or use bottled
- 1 teaspoon ginger root, crushed fresh, or ½ teaspoon ginger powder
- Prepare the cucumbers and lemons. Wash the outer skin with soap and water, and dry them. Peel the lemons, don't peel the cucumbers if using English cucumbers. If using other type, then peel.
- Cut the cucumbers into small chunks to fit either a juicer feeding chute or into a blender jar or a food processor.
- Wash and chop fresh ginger. Scrap off the skin with the edge of spoon or press through a garlic press. Or measure out powdered ginger.
- Add the water and other ingredients.2 cucumbers, ½ cup water, 2 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon ginger root, crushed fresh, or ½ teaspoon ginger powder
- Process the juicer or your blender or your food processor. If you used a juicer, your juice is ready. If you used a blender or food processor, move to the next step.
- Pour the mixture through a strainer and reserve the liquid as your juice. Discard the pulp or freeze it in ice cube trays to add to smoothies for extra fiber.
- Enjoy the juice over ice or even use a milk frother to fluff up a froth.