Summers in the Midwest, where I live, are sweltering. Spring can be quite warm, too! My favorite way to cool down in the summer is with a big glass of ice cold sweet tea. Another refreshing summer snack is watermelon. Combine the two and you have the ultimate summer cool-down treat. Here is how to make this minty magical concoction!
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
3-4 nice leafy stems of mint
1 family sized tea bag
7 cups boiling water
A few more leafy mint stems
3 pound piece of fresh watermelon
First, we make the syrup. Place 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves then bring to a boil. Boil the mixture for 3 minutes, then remove from the heat. Drop in the mint leaves and push them down into the syrup and then allow it to cool. When it is cool, pour it into an airtight jar and refrigerate.
Now we make the tea. Place the tea bag and mint stems in a large pitcher. Pour over the boiling water and leave to steep for 8 – 10 minutes until the tea is a dark amber color. Remove and throw away the tea bag and the mint. Leave to cool.
Cut the watermelon into cubes and puree it in a blender until smooth. Pour your puree into a strainer and gently push the pulp so you can get the juice from it. You should have about 3 cups of juice after you do this. Refrigerate the juice until the tea is cooled.
In a pitcher mix the tea and the watermelon juice and stir well, then add in the mint simple syrup to taste.
Sounds delightfully refreshing!
Photo and recipe via therunawayspoon.com