Gettin' Made: Cool as a Cucumber Soda

Last week while eating at L.A.'s Mac and Cheeza restaurant, I had the good fortune to try this cucumber-flavored soda:

Mr. Q. Cumber by lisabeebe, on Flickr
Mr. Q. Cumber soda by LisaBeebe on Flickr

Lemme tell ya--while the macaroni and cheese I had for lunch was really good, this soda was amazing. To quote an old Outkast ditty, it was "so fresh and so clean." I instantly became mildly obsessed with it--I googled it when I got home, and found that it's not really a readily available drink you can buy in many stores. You can order Mr. Q. Cumber soda online, but the $2 a bottle plus shipping leaves a little to be desired in these trying economic times. When I saw the price tag this new drink obsession was going to cost me, the question I was asking quickly shifted from "where can I get more of this?" to the much craftier "how can I make this myself?"

Enter the Internet! I spent some time researching how to make flavored sodas, and discovered that for the most part it's really just a matter of cooking up a batch of simple syrup (a.k.a. sugar water), flavoring that, and mixing it with some club soda. The upside of spending a little time to making this soda yourself? For the cost of one bottle of Mr. Q. Cumber soda, you can get the supplies together to make multiple glasses of your own handcrafted drinks!

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Homemade cucumber soda for the win! Follow along as I show you how!

After the jump, learn the steps to create this cool, refreshing summer drink.

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First up, gather your ingredients:

- 1 bottle of club soda

- 1 cucumber (Extra credit to you if you grow your own!)

- 2 cups of sugar

- 2 cups of water

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Peel that cucumber, and grate about one half cup of it. Save the other half of the cucumber for fancy glass garnishes to wow your friends!

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Using a whisk, mix the sugar and water together in a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Your sugar should fully dissolve in the water. Once it's a full rolling boil, let it cook for 1 more minute and remove from heat.

On the next page, let's mix it all up!

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