Easy Cucumber Lime Punch

Easy Cucumber Lime Punch

I walked into our bedroom yesterday to find Eric going through the drawer of his nightstand. He had already dumped everything out and was starting to refill it with “keeper” items:

  • a giant rusty screw
  • a company directory for his old job
  • a giant cord that he admittedly has no idea what its for
  • broken watch
  • a giant ziplock bag containing a catch-all dish (grape-bunch-shaped), a Mexican peso, and a decade-old cough drop.
  • 10,000 pens

Easy Cucumber Lime Punch“Eric why do you need your old company directory, you don’t even work there anymore.” Fine, throw it out. “Seriously? That’s all it takes to persuade you? How about this giant rusty screw?” No I need that.

Easy Cucumber Lime Punch

A few minutes of heckling later (“really, you need Star Wars playing cards accessible from your bedside?”), he finally bursts out, “Karen, I don’t think you understand the purpose of this drawer.”


Easy Cucumber Lime Punch

What about you? Do you have any Weird Stuff in your nightstand? I honestly don’t, but that’s only because my nightstand is not a nightstand, it’s a yellow barstool. I guess the fact that I have a completely irrational piece of furniture in lieu of a nightstand makes up for my lack of awkward nightstand paraphernalia.
Easy Cucumber Lime Punch
Okay, update. I wrote this before I actually looked on my night-barstool. Here’s what’s on it right now:
RodThat’s right. I’m rockin’ the Rod cassette tapes. My dad was throwing these out a while back and I wanted to keep them for white elephant gifts. I guess I’ll add it to the collection.
Easy Cucumber Lime Punch

So are these Cucumber Lime Punch photos giving you
guys flashbacks to just a couple weeks ago when I posted this Basil Lemonade? Who’s ready for summer, grilling, and tart drinks? This girl.

I was at a baby shower a few years ago and this Easy Cucumber Lime Punch was served. I think I drank about half of it single-handedly. Soooo good, with a perfectly light cucumber aftertaste. Plus, you can’t get much easier than this, only 4 ingredients:

Easy Cucumber Lime Punch

Don’t hate me because this is not diet soda. I tried both and liked diet better, but only got a picture of this one. Diet all the way dude!

You can make it a few hours ahead and refrigerate until ready to serve. I like it even better that way because the cucumber flavor has some time to come through. This is always a hit at parties!

Easy Cucumber Lime Punch

Do you guys give up? Or are you thirsty for more?
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Easy Cucumber Lime Punch


  • 1 or 2 trays of ice
  • 2 liter bottle of DIET lemon-lime soda
  • 1 12-ounce can frozen limeade
  • 1 cucumber, sliced thin
  • fresh lime wedges for garnish, optional


  1. In a large pitcher or bowl, add as much ice as you want. (The more ice you add, the more watered down the drink will be as it melts, of course.)
  2. Add the soda and the frozen limeade.
  3. Add all of the sliced cucumbers and lime wedges (or reserve some to garnish individual glasses).
  4. Stir together until the limeade melts.
  5. If you serve it right away, the cucumber flavor will be light. I like to let it sit for an hour or two in the fridge because I like a stronger cucumber flavor. This drink is nice for parties because you can make it ahead and pull it out right when the party starts.


I much prefer the flavor of this drink with diet soda. I normally hate the flavor of diet soda but you can't taste it in this recipe. You are welcome to use regular soda, but you may find that it is overly sweet.


Source: this one’s all over the internet, I got it from my friend Rissa

Some more fun drinks!

Basil Lemonade

Basil Lemonade >> I wish I were drinking this pretty much every day.

Watermelon Basil Lemonade

the watermelon version: Watermelon Basil Lemonade

June Bug: Orange Grenadine RefresherJune Bug: Orange Grenadine Ginger Ale

Brazilian Lemonade from The Recipe Critic

Peach Lemonade from Mom Endeavors

Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade from Sober Julie

Meyer Lemonade Sweetened with Maple Syrup from Wistful Chef





  1. says

    My husband has the same nightstand fetish. We were having someone come to do some work on the house and I knew that they had to go into the bedroom. The night stand had started to creep outside of itself… So I went through it. I threw away a bunch of old receipts, screws, golf tees etc. He got home.. and was totally freaked I threw away something essential. I was like hmm… don’t think that your receipt from Panera from 2008 is going to matter.. but I could be wrong. Since then it hasn’t creeped out of the nightstand… but who knows what is lurking in there.

  2. says

    I am laughing so much about all the stuff Eric has in his drawer! Those can definitely accumulate some weird objects. My drawer is filled with SO many chapsticks (you know, in case my lips start to feel chapped in the night) and like 5 different remotes. Boring! I need to get some of the cool artifacts Eric has. Your Rod Stewart cassette tape ain’t bad either. Haha!

    This cucumber lime punch sounds delicious! Perfect for hot summer nights.

  3. says

    Ahhhh hahahaha. This may just be the best thing I have read all morning. I can’t say I have any weird objects in/on my nightstand. That might just be because I don’t have a night stand! I blame our recent move. ;) This punch just looks absolutely delicious! I love cucumber flavored drinks here lately, and this just looks perfect for summer! Yum yum yum!

  4. says

    Okay, I don’t think my nightstand is *quite* at rusty screw status, but I have been known to keep cough drops around for a few decades. Also, old chapsticks and single foil wrapped cold and flu pill from 1999. Oops.

    P.S. Paper straws for life! They are so CUTE!
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    • says

      Haha. Hopefully there is no one else anywhere whose nightstand is at rusty-screw-status. And I hate those single foil wrapped pills that you can’t even identify anymore! And that you can’t seem to throw away!!

  5. says

    Karen, this drink sounds delicious! Add in some vodka and it’d be perfection. Gorgeous photos too, girl. Since you have a bar stool for a nightstand, it’s mandatory that you drink alcoholic beverages in bed. It’s the law (in my messed up world). As for random crap in bedside tables, I’m Eric in this situation and you are my husband. He’s forever ragging me about the useless, random crap I have stuffed in there. Whenever I have something that should go into the garbage but I can’t bear to part with it (or am just too lazy to toss), I just shove it into my nightstand. From old batteries to random screws, ten years worth of cards, old Halls that tumbled from its wrapper, a bazillion buttons that fell off my clothes that I’ll never sew back on, you name it, it’s in there. My parting thoughts – I LOVE the stuff you currently have on your barstool. Da Ya Think I’m Sexy better be on that Rod Stewart compilation!

    • says

      Nancy what is it with us and our buttons?? Not only the buttons that fall off, but those extra ones they give you in the tiny ziplock bag when you buy a shirt. I ALWAYS save them and why?? I couldn’t sew on a button if my life depended on it. And I’m so glad I’m not the only Rod Stewart lover left!! :)

  6. says

    Karen, I just stumbled on your blog and this was the first post I read. You literally had me laughing out loud…love your writing style. Your “about me” section is super inspirational too, I’m just starting out with my blog and feel so naive when it comes to taking photos! Its great to read a funny and down-to-earth blog like yours!
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    • says

      Aw thank you Dani! Comments like this are what keep me going. Really though! It’s so good to know that someone understands me on an awkward nightstand paraphernalia level. :) Your blog looks great. Keep at it!!

  7. Laura says

    Karen, as you were describing Eric’s drawer, I felt like you were snooping in my house. For real! Only it’s Adam’s nightstand and mine, both our top dresser drawers, plus a junk drawer in the kitchen. Problem, much? Yeah…

  8. Kris says

    I made this today for a PEO lunch meeting. It was a big hit! Very light and refreshing and not too sweet.

    As far as bedside tables go, your husband comes by it naturally. Chips nightstand (just on top now – we’re not talking about what’s in the drawers): 3 flashlights, some sort of mini blowtorch (yes, I’m serious), 3 pocketknives, multiple old credit cards and gift cards, headphones, assorted cords (lots of assorted cords), Consumer Reports magazines from the last couple years, a Garmin GPS, a picture frame Jessie gave him about 10 years ago and still has the original picture that was sold with it, x-rays of his finger before and after surgery, another pocket knife(!), a book about bears attacking people in Yellowstone park, two books about fishing in Montana and his good watch. Sounds like he might have Eric beat.


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