No – you don’t have déjà vu. Apparently Miss Bekah and I just love watermelon and mint. Actually, watermelon isn’t my go to fruit but Bekah has been using it so much that I’ve jumped on the bandwagon. Plus LA has been sooooooo crazy hot that watermelon’s cool, refreshing and sweet taste is just the ticket.
As a “southern belle” ( lived in the South for about a third of my life), I love sweet tea. Once you get north of North Carolina it’s hard to find sweet tea, much less when you get to the West Coast. Getting to a restaurant and asking for sweet tea only to hear “Iced tea?” or “Oh, we have raspberry iced tea and can sweeten it for you” – not the business. If you didn’t cook it with the sugar it doesn’t count. And a hint of sugar doesn’t count. Your teeth should be aware of the sugar – y’all know what I mean. That being said, I have been in Cali for a while and did not want too drink a cup of sugar water so I cut back a bit.
Early in the week I bought a watermelon and after cutting it up on Friday I realised there was too much for me alone. So I ate some and refrigerated the rest to use in making some sort of drink. I decided to make watermelon sweet tea. Initially I planned to use a black tea but I went herbal with peppermint since I wanted it to be truly refreshing. This was super easy but be warned – you may want to keep a strainer handy
Put the teabags in a teapot. I used my Bodum Assam Tea Press. That thing is great especially for loose leaf teas
Thoroughly mix in the brown sugar to make a simple syrup and steep the tea bags in the simple syrup for 5-15 minutes
Watermelon Mint Sweet Tea
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Yield: 8 cups
- 4 Peppermint Tea Bags
- 8 cups diced watermelon
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 6 cups filtered water
- In a juicer or blender, blend the diced watermelon to a liquid
- Pour the resulting liquid through a strainer to remove the pulp ( this left 4.5 cups of watermelon juice)
- Bring the filtered water to a boil
- Put 4 cups of the boiling water in a tea pot
- Thoroughly mix in the brown sugar to make a simple syrup
- Steep the tea bags in the simple syrup for 5-15 minutes depending on the brand of tea and how intense you want the tea to be
- Squeeze out the bags and mix the tea into the watermelon juice.
- Place in the fridge to cool down.
- Serve over ice and garnish with watermelon wedges
This was so good – it was like drinking a cool ocean breeze. First a refreshing watermelon sweetness then the clean minty tingle.
Feel free to try this with black tea. I know I will…