Makes 600ml of concentrate to be made up equally with chilled water, soda water or spirits - try vodka!!

5 unwaxed lemons - chop and de-pip 2 lemons; grate the rind and squeeze the remaining 3 lemons.

200g white caster sugar

600ml cold water

Pinch of salt (optional)

¼ cucumber, sliced

Small bunch of mint

a further 600ml of liquid to add for serving


  • Cut two of the lemons into chunks, removing pips. Put into a food processor or blender, along with any juices from the chopping board
  • then add the rind and juice of the remaining three lemons.
  • Add the sugar, the salt if using and a little of the first 600ml of water.
  • Whizz to a puree, then add the rest of the first water.
  • Pass the puree through a sieve to remove large pieces left
  • Bottle and refrigerate until required.
  • When required, add enough water, soda or spirits to double the concentrate
  • Taste and add a little more sugar if necessary.
  • Pour into a jug add the slices of cucumber and a couple of sprigs of mint, then chill until ready to serve.
  • Serve over ice with a fresh slice of cucumber and a fresh sprig of mint for each glass.
  • Amended 20th September 2012 with more sugar and double quantities.