Alton Brown's "Cool as a Cucumber" Recipes

Cucumber Aqua Fresca
Recipe Courtesy of Alton Brown, 2013
Yield: 3 quarts

  • 3 large cucumbers, approximately 1&1/2 pounds total, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, from 3 large lemons
  • ¼ cup dark agave nectar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 quarts water
  • Cucumber and lemon slices, optional for serving
Combine the cucumber, lemon juice, agave nectar and salt in a blender and puree. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a large pitcher, pressing the pulp as you go. Add the water to the pitcher and stir to combine. Chill for 1 hour and serve over ice with cucumber and lemon slices as garnish if desired.
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Cucumber Coconut Lassi
Recipe Courtesy of Alton Brown, 2013 
Yield: 1 quart, serves 4
  • 1 large mango, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup Cucumber Aqua Fresca
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 8 ounces ice, approximately 1 cup
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon chile powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
Combine mango, Cucumber Aqua Fresca, coconut milk, ice, ginger, chile and salt in a blender. Puree until smooth. Serve immediately.
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Cream Greek Salad Dressing
Recipe Courtesy of Alton Brown, 2013 
Yield 11/2 cups, serves 12
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • ½ cup Cucumber Aqua Fresca
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated black pepper
Combine yogurt, Cucumber Aqua Fresca, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper in a pint sized jar. Lid and shake well to combine.
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Chilled Sweet Pea and Cucumber Soup
Recipe Courtesy of Alton Brown, 2013 
Yield: 1 quart, serves 4 to 6
  •  3 cups Cucumber Aqua Fresca
  • 1 pound frozen petit peas
  • ½ cup fresh mint leave, loosely packed
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Combine the Cucumber Aqua Fresca, peas, mint leaves, lemon juice salt in a blender. Puree until smooth. Serve immediately with a sprinkling of feta cheese or with a drizzle of the Creamy Greek Salad Dressing.

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