My friend, Dixie, introduced me to this simple summer trick when I visited her in Stockholm over a decade ago. She told me, “Girl, you are NOT gonna believe how simple and good this is…plus it’s pretty.”
True or false: everyone calls each other girl in Sweden. False though it would be a fun addition to the language.
Dixie and I call each other girl, pronounced gurl and drawled out just a little: guurrl. I don’t remember exactly how that started. Maybe we crept it from Dixie’s sunshine state youth. Maybe we made it up while we bopped around NYC doing costumes for some very low budget (and often considerably shitty) films. You gotta start somewhere.
We had some hilarious adventures working our ways up…like when we costumed a sorta, kinda kung fu movie. The leading man liked to kung his fu freely…as in he liked to go commando. No drawers. He’d get going with his high-kicking, grunting hi-YAHs and free-ballin’ all over the place. Hilarious. We left the set during takes sometimes because we couldn’t watch without laughing. We even dropped off some nice supportive undies in his dressing room with his costumes but he was NOT having any of that.
Anyway…I miss hanging out with my girl, Dixie. Let’s get back to visiting her in Stockholm and discovering cucumber water.
Cut a bunch of cucumber slices. I used an English cucumber here but any kinda cucumber will do. This is one of the awesome aspects of cucumber water: it’s an inexact, wingin’ it beverage much like that Kung Fu movie Dixie and I costumed.
Add cucumber slices to a pitcher of water. Let them get acquainted for fifteen minutes or so then serve.
It’s that simple. Cucumber water tastes exactly like it sounds: water with a cucumber-y flavor. It’s light, surprisingly refreshing and a good palate cleanser. Cucumber water makes you feel nice, livens up your mouth zone. Plus a pitcher of cucumber water looks pretty on a picnic table.
You can keep a jug or pitcher of cucumber water in the fridge for a day. Add more water when it gets low and you’ll have refreshment at the ready all day long. I always think of Stockholm and Dixie when I make cucumber water; how summer light eats up the night during midnight sun.
Skal (that’s cheers in Swedish) and a freewheelin’ hi-YAH just for old time’s sake. Look out!