Cooling Lime & Mint Shots

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
  • Enjoy!

2 responses to “Cooling Lime & Mint Shots”

  1. I love this. Have just returned from 40 degree heat in Kefalonia and they served these shots around the pool. Perfect and cooling.

  2. Yes! I will give these a try.

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