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Cucumber, Basil & Ginger – A Refreshing “Mocktail“

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You may have seen this in restaurants where they serve craft cocktails, and for good reason. It is a light, refreshing blend of flavors. Bonus: the combo also has a mild detoxification effect on our bodies. Plus, cucumbers have a whopping 96% water content and three awesome phytonutrients called cucurbitacins, lignans, and flavonoids that have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits. They don’t say, “cool as a cucumber” for nothing!

Ingredients:
• ½ of an English cucumber OR one small salad cucumber, cut in half and sliced thin
• 3 to 5 basil leaves, rubbed or “slapped” to release flavor
• 4 slices fresh ginger (or use sliced ginger in a jar)
• 32 ounces water

Directions:
Rinse and prepare the first three ingredients. Drop into a 32-ounce or greater pitcher. Add the water. Let ingredients steep – the longer, the more flavor. You can store covered at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Serves four eight-ounce glasses.

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