A delicious green drink that has the freshness of mint and cucumbers, paired with the sweetness of coconut water and dates. Blended in minutes creating the perfect green drink - part smoothie, part green juice.
Take a handful of fresh mint, spinach and coconut water, blend for a few minutes and what you have is a refreshing green drink - not really a smoothie and not really a green juice. San Francisco is dotted with an abundance of fresh pressed juice and green smoothie shops, everyday you can explore something new. While I never adopted the green smoothie trend, I do love a delicious green drink. But as spring approaches and in attempts to savor every moment enjoying the warmth of the season, I opted to create a drink quick enough to make in minutes and easy enough to grab as I walk out the sunlit door.
This green drink rests in the middle – balancing the fullness of a green smoothie, while offering the freshness of a green juice. Coconut water and dates offer a subtle note of sweetness, while the mint and cucumber wrap the drink in a fresh coolness – reminiscent of a tropical mojito. The lovely part about this recipe is that anyone can make it. It doesn't require a fancy juice machine, only a blender. In a matter of minutes you have a refreshing midday snack. A drink that encourages you to hurry out the door so that you have as much time outside, savoring the beauty of the spring.
Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 2 minutes
Ingredients for the Refreshing Green Drink:
- 2 large handfuls of spinach
- 1/2 of a large cucumber
- 1/2 cup of coconut water
- juice of 1/2 lime
- 1 or 2 tablespoons of fresh mint leaves
- 1/2 cup of ice
Simply place everything into a blender and mix on a high speed until the spinach is completely broken down and blended into the drink.
I hope you enjoy this green drink as much as I have all last summer long! So glad the warmer months are right around the corner as this drink will definitely make it in my summer recipe arsenal.
I'd love to see your creations on Instagram at #8thandlake!
~ If anyones wondering some pictures are taken from a trip to Copenhagen last summer ~