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This cucumber lemon water recipe is ultra refreshing and takes only 5 minutes of hands on time. Fancy drink, done in a flash!

Cucumber lemon water recipe
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We all know we’re supposed to drink a lot of water. But do you ever get kind of…bored? Here’s a solution: cucumber lemon water! Making an infused water brings big flavor to boring old water: and it takes only 5 minutes. It’s also a perfect drink for entertaining, because it looks so beautiful and seems “fancy”. Alex and I have been making lots of infused waters lately: here’s how to make this cucumber lemon water!

Cucumber lemon water

How to make cucumber lemon water

Cucumber lemon water is seriously simple to make: the hardest part is thinking ahead! All you’ve got to do is cut up the vegetables and make it in advance by about 1 hour, more if you have time. If you’re using it for entertaining, you could easily make up a big batch in the morning to be ready by the afternoon. Since it takes only 5 minutes of hands on time, it’s just a matter of fixing it up quickly and popping it in the refrigerator to infuse.

Cheater tip: The flavor is actually pretty good right away too, so if you’re in a pinch, you could just make it right away with very cold water.

Here’s how to make cucumber lemon water:

  • Thinly slice a lemon and cucumber. Then place them in the bottom of a pitcher.
  • Using a wooden spoon, lightly mash the cucumber and lemon to release their juices.
  • Add 8 cups cold water and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.

Want more with lemon? Try these 15 Zesty Lemon Recipes.

Cucumber lemon water recipe

Does the flavor of the water improve over time?

Yes, the flavor of cucumber lemon water gets better over time. It’s great after refrigerating for 1 hour, and even better after refrigerating for 2 to 3 hours. You’ll find the flavor is still great after refrigerating for 1 day.

As I noted above, it is possible to make cucumber lemon water without letting it refrigerate for 1 hour: it will still have a great flavor! Just make sure to use extra cold water when you’re making it (you don’t want to dilute it with ice to get it cold).

After more than 1 day in the refrigerator, however, the flavor can become a little bitter. We’d recommend drinking this water within 1 day of making it. This is easy if you’re serving it at a party: and if not, a good way to motivate yourself to drink more water!

Why drink cucumber lemon water?

There are lots of health benefits of drinking lemon water (see these 12 Benefits of Lemon Water). Alex and I are not health professionals, but what we can tell you is that drinking water is always a good thing! Not only is it fabulous for your body, cucumber lemon water turns ordinary water into something infinitely more special than tap water. This makes it a great substitute for soda or other sugary drinks: it has no sugar at all, just water!

You may have heard complaints about acids like lemon juice eroding on the enamel of your teeth. If you’re drinking this cucumber lemon water occasionally, this should not be a problem. If you drink it often and worry about lemon juice eroding your tooth enamel over time, try drinking it through a straw to avoid contact with your teeth. You could also decrease the quantity of lemon in the water.

Cucumber lemon water recipe

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If you like this cucumber lemon water recipe, here are a few other water recipes you might enjoy!

This cucumber lemon water recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, gluten-free, naturally sweet, and refined sugar free.

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Cucumber lemon water recipe

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 cups 1x


This cucumber lemon water recipe is ultra refreshing and takes only 5 minutes of hands on time. Fancy drink, done in a flash!


  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 8 cups (64 ounces) cold water


  1. Wash and thinly slice the lemon and cucumber.
  2. Add lemon and cucumber slices to bottom of a pitcher. Use a wooden spoon to lightly muddle (mash) them several times to release the juices.
  3. Add the cold water. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving, more if time. Flavor is best within 1 day.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: American

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Ellwood Mantley says:

    I was told q little bit of water cucumber and lemon. But I don’t see what it does for you and your body. And the benefits