It has taken me a long time, but I am finally a fan of sparkling water. A couple of weekends ago my sister and I were hanging out and decided to grab a drink. She hasn't been able to intake any sugar as of lately, so we decided to make up a drink so she still felt like she was having a cocktail. We called the bartender over and asked him to make the recipe I have shown below. He was hesitant at first because he couldn't understand why we didn't want it to be sweet - or without alcohol, but he made the drink, put it in a pretty glass, and when we both tasted it we realized he 1) hit it out of the park and 2) this was something that we could very easily make at home. You want to know what was most amazing - there was no charge for the drink! He said because basically it was just water from his soda sprayer, and a few garnishes, there was no charge! Boom! The look for less! No one in the bar knew we were drinking non-alcoholic drinks, and while they were drinking $15 drinks, ours were free. Gotta love cutting corners in the NYC!!! So without further ado:
1. Cut a few slices of cucumber and a few mint leaves and add into your mortar
2. Muddle the cucumber and mint together to help release the flavors
3. Add the cucumber and mint to your glass - along with a few cubes of ice
4. Pour in your sparkling water and squeeze in a little lime juice
I promise you will enjoy this very refreshing and sparkly drink. If you want to add a bit of sweetness to this drink, feel free to add in berries, or muddled watermelon - or even a splash of simple syrup.