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  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 large cucumber, roughly chopped
  • 2 limes, juiced


  • STEP 1

    Put the sugar and 200ml water in a pan, and gently bring to a simmer, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Cool.

  • STEP 2

    Blitz the cucumber in a food processor until smooth, then strain the purée through a sieve into a bowl, pressing gently with a spatula to extract as much juice as possible.

  • STEP 3

    Stir in ½ of the sugar syrup, then taste and add a little more if you prefer it sweeter (any left-over syrup will keep in the fridge for a month).

  • STEP 4

    Strain the mixture again, then stir in the lime juice. Will keep in the fridge for two weeks. To serve, dilute with chilled sparkling or tonic water, or drizzle into a G&T.


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Hannah GuinnessSenior sub editor and drinks writer

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