According to Ayurveda, Summer is a time when Pitta energy (the energy of heat, acidity, sharpness, and irritability) is at its peak, and so any issues relating to Pitta – think rashes, mouth ulcers, acidic digestion and migraines, are a little more likely to occur in those of us who are susceptible to them. If you drink lemon water in the morning, it’s a good idea to switch to lime during Summer, as lime is slightly more cooling than lemon. You’ll still get the benefits of boosting digestion, and a good dose of vitamin C and antioxidants, without the overly sharp nature of lemon.
In the heat of August, it’s good to have a couple of tonics on-hands to sip (or in this case, shot) so try this combination of cooling cucumber, lime, mint and coconut water as a morning wake-me-up or to help you cool-off midday. There will be a good amount of pulp left over from this recipe, which you can freeze in an ice-cube tray, and use as a base for smoothies or cocktails!
(makes roughly 1/2 litre)
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1 whole lime + juice of 1 more lime
- 1 handful fresh mint
- 1 + 1/2 cups coconut water (add a little more if needed)
- Add all ingredients to a blender and whizz well
- Pour through a sieve into a large bottle (I use a funnel too, which prevents it from spilling everywhere!)
- Freeze the pulp to use in smoothies or cocktails
- Store in the fridge, and shake well before decanting into shot glasses