The weather this summer is very thirsty work, and with Wimbledon and the World Cup looming, we all need a thirst quencher to slake our thirst before we start the celebrations.
Whenever friends and family are around, I make this big Jug of Summer from the herbs outside the back door. I make it a few hours beforehand, or leave it overnight in the fridge, so the taste of the lemon balm and mint really does come through.
Put a large sprig of lemon balm and mint in a jug. (You could also use lemon grass.)
Fill two thirds with water.
Add 6-10 thin slices of cucumber, half a lemon (thinly sliced) and squeeze in the rest of the juice.
If you like a little sweetness add a dash of elderflower cordial.
Leave to steep for a few hours.
Top up with ice before serving.
And if you haven’t heard about the magical effects of cucumber water, may I present Macka B: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVfNrNcvlto