Ice Cucumber Aceh (Es Timun Aceh)

Cucumbers and key limes are on season. What do you think about a combination of cucumber and lime? or have you heard cucumber limeade before? Cucumber limeade was one of my childhood favourite beverages. This non-alcoholic drink is very refreshing especially for hot sunny days. I often bring this beverage for potluck parties in summer.

This is my first year to get involved with Summer Fest. I am bringing to you two summer limeades. One is the original Es Timun or in Aceh dialect, it’s known as Ie Boh Timon and another one is Vitri’s version “Es Timun Serai“.  In Aceh language , Ie means water or air(Indonesian); Boh means fruit or buah (Indonesian); Timon means cucumber or timun (Indonesian).  While the Es Timun Serai, it’s literatlly translated es means ice, timunlemongrass cucumber limeade.

A little background about this limeade. It’s common in Acehnese restaurants in Indonesia. Acehnese food is very heavy in spices and similar to Indian food especially South Indian. To wash down hot and spicy food, the Acehnese restaurants serve this drink in their menu.

The first time I tried to drink iced cucumber aceh this is when I go on dates with girlfriend in a cafe. At that time my girlfriend offered me to try this drink. After I tried it, it turns out this beverage has a taste that special. It was so tempting that makes me feel addicted. If you visit Indonesia, do not forget to try like what taste sensation of ice cucumber this aceh.
About a month ago, I was talking with a friend who live in Austria. She was complaining about the heat.  I suggested her to make Es Timun Aceh, then she came up with her version by adding lemongrass which she shared on kompasiana.

For those who consume alcohol, you can mix it with vodka or other spirits.

For those of you who want to try making ice cucumber aceh at home, please listen to the tips we provide.


* 2 pieces of cucumber, shaved
* 3 tablespoons sugar
* 2 cups boiled water
* 1 lemon, squeezed the water grab
* Ice cubes


1. Cucumber scraped first.
2. Mix cucumber, sugar, orange juice, and water
3. Add ice for drinks feel fresh and more tempting tastes
4. Serve





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