In the heat of summer, this refreshing nonalcoholic drink is guaranteed to cool you down. You will need 6 or 7 large limes for both the juice and the garnish. Use a mandoline to cut the cucumber and lime slices, which will give you thin, uniform slices.
- 1 cup fresh lime juice (4 to 5 large limes)
- 6 Tbs. superfine sugar
- Ice cubes as needed
- 1 bottle (24 fl. oz.) sparkling water, chilled
- Thin cucumber slices for garnish
- Thin lime slices for garnish
Select 4 old-fashioned or short glasses.
Combine 1/4 cup of the lime juice and 1 1/2 Tbs. of the sugar in each glass and stir to dissolve the sugar. Fill the glasses with ice and then top each glass with 3/4 cup of the sparkling water. Garnish each glass with several cucumber and lime slices and serve immediately. Serves 4.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Entertaining with the Seasons (Free Press, 2010).