Once of my families favourite summer flavours in watermelon, so I wanted to find new ways to incorporate watermelon into my summer recipes. We go through a tonne of iced tea in our house. This recipe is now in our permanent rotation. It is so refreshing and super easy!
I am a firm believer in cold steeping my iced tea. It takes a little longer, but if you plan ahead it is really no issue. The greatest thing is your tea will never be bitter! Just leave it in the fridge until you are ready for it! This recipe can be made the traditional way or by using a cold steeping method. If you have not tried cold steeping, give it a try!
- 1 medium seedless watermelon
- 1 small lime, sliced
- 6 cups water or 4 cups hot water and 2 cups ice cubes
- 5 green tea bags or 5 tbsp loose green tea in a tea ball
- 1 cup sugar or 1/2 cup agave
- To cold steep your iced tea, add tea bags or loose tea to water in a pitcher. Add lime slices. Leave the tea to steep for minimum 8 hours. For a hot steep, add tea bags and lime to hot water and steep for 4-6 minutes. Remove tea bags and add ice cubes. Stir until melted.
- Scoop out the red flesh of your watermelon and puree in a food processor or blender.
- Once pureed, strain the liquid using a fine mesh strainer.
- You will want to stir the puree a bit and press down to loosen the liquid. (Keep the rest of the puree and add it to smoothies! Yum!)
- Once you have all the watermelon liquid strained, add it to your iced tea. Add you sweetener choice and stir until mixed well.
- Add additional lime slices if desired as a garnish
This watermelon iced tea is a great recipe to bring to all your barbeques and summer picnics. I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine does!