While summer is the hottest season of the year, this is the best time we enjoy great drinks and laughter. Also, who says it has to be spirits in the glass. We love to share this beautiful drink we have our favorite combination with. They’re watermelon, lemonade, and white-tea hence this summer you got to try this Summer’s Tea Melonade. Watermelon is our go-to for staying hydrated. Since it’s naturally sweet, you don’t need to add a ton of sugar. And who doesn’t love the mellow buzz and fresh flavor of white tea?
We decided to go with the T2 brand with lots of recommendation from friends. Among the different variate of white tea, we chooses Pai Mu Tan. Beautiful light, smooth white tea with bits of nutty taste. We re-brew this tea up to three times and it’s good to the last drop!
As the local market always deliver fresh fruits to their store in midnight and to avoid the crowd. To get started, remove the rind from a quarter of a large watermelon. We got our watermelon in the middle of the night at our local wet market.
After carrying a 3 kg watermelon home, we slice the fruit into small cubes and freeze on a sheet of parchment paper. However, if you’re not using them right away, transfer the frozen cubes to a Ziploc bag and marvel at your quick frozen fruit skills. (Freezing the fruit in a single layer prevents them from clumping together to make one giant ice formation.)
Next morning or when you are ready for this drink, start boiling some water and walk away. White and green teas have delicate leaves, and a very hot pour over can ruin the flavor. The ideal water temperature for steeping is around 170 degrees. For us we leave the water to cool for a minutes before adding the tea. Stir the sugar into the hot water to help the crystals dissolve completely.
You can use various type sugar for this drink as it will deliver different flavor.
- Natural cane sugar, which has been processed less than regular white granulated varieties.
- Honey would be delicious here.
- Try coconut sugar for a caramel-ly flavor.
Another small tips for you, DO NOT leave the tea bag in the water for too long as it will get bitter! And finally, toss the frozen watermelon cubes in a blender, add the sweetened tea mixture and squeeze half a lemon for brightness. Blend on high until smooth and enjoy your G-rated frosé.
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons of white tea
- 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
- 4 cups frozen watermelon cubes
- spring of mint, for serving
Bring 1 cup water to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from heat and add sugar; stir until dissolved. Add tea bags and steep 4 minutes.
After the 4 minutes, remove the tea bags and press gently to release liquid. Let cool completely before refrigerate until cold. Blend mixture with lemon juice and watermelon cubes until smooth. Serve, with watermelon slices.