This has to be one of the most refreshing and vibrant summer drinks i had since a long time. I love trying different cuisines and this juice is something i will be making quite often from now on :).
I stumbled upon this delicious recipe on epicurious.com under traditional Moroccan iftar recipes by Jeff Koehler. Great thing about this drink is that, it is so easy to put together.
I have made little changes here and there to the recipe. Nothing major though.
2 cups of fresh orange juice ( i used the organic no pulp orange juice from trader joe's).
2 small-medium cucumbers (try using the seedless ones, if you are unable to find one just try removing the seeds from the regular cucumbers before use. i used the sweet, seedless persian cucumber from trader joe's)
1/4 tsp of oregano
1/4 tsp of salt
The original recipe calls for superfine sugar. I didn't add any because the juice already had the right amount of sweetness. Also the original recipe doesn't include salt, but i added a bit as it brings all the flavors together.
1) Peel the cucumbers, trim the ends and grate them with the help of a grater. You can also cut the cucumber in small pieces.
2) Add the cucumber, orange juice, oregano and salt in a blender/food processor. Blend until the cumber is finely pureed and the juice becomes a little thick and foamy in consistency. Check for sweetness and seasoning. Add more if required.
3) Pour the juice in a pitcher and refrigerate.
Serve chilled for Iftar alongside yummy food or on a lazy summer day for entertaining.
Labels: Beverages, Cucumbers, Juice, Orange, Recipes, Summer drinks