Watermelon Iced Tea

  • 01 of 05

    Ingredients & Brewing Instructions

    Nilgiri black tea being brewed to make watermelon iced tea
    Marko Goodwin

    To make watermelon iced tea, you will need:

    • 6 teaspoons black tea leaves, preferably Nilgiri or Ceylon
    • 3 cups boiling water
    • 3 cups ice
    • 1/6 or 1/4 watermelon, cut into cubes
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 1 sprig of mint, plus a few extra for garnish (optional)

    To start making watermelon iced tea, brew your tea. Here's how:

    1. Combine the tea leaves and boiling water in a teapot.
    2. Let steep for three to five minutes.
    3. Strain the tea leaves.
    4. Set the tea aside in the fridge or freezer until step three.
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  • 02 of 05

    Blend Watermelon, Mint, Lemon Juice & Sugar

    Watermelon, powdered sugar, mint leaves and lemon juice in a blender
    Marko Goodwin

    Combine all ingredients but the tea in a blender. Blend until smooth using the "blend" setting. It should take about 30 seconds. As needed, stop blending to push the ingredients toward the blades with a spoon. Once the mixture is smooth, you can proceed to step three or cover the mixture until shortly before you plan to serve watermelon iced tea. (Combining the watermelon mixture and the tea just before serving prevents the drink from separating.)

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  • 03 of 05

    Chill the Black Tea

    When you're almost ready to serve watermelon iced tea, pour the brewed black tea over a pitcher of ice. Most of the ice will melt, but you've brewed the tea extra strong to accommodate for this dilution.

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  • 04 of 05

    Combine All Ingredients

    Watermelon iced tea being stirred
    Marko Goodwin

    Just before serving watermelon iced tea, combine all ingredients in a large glass pitcher. Stir well. If the drink begins to separate into layers (as is natural for agua fresca-style drinks), simply stir it again.

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  • 05 of 05

    Serve Watermelon Iced Tea

    Watermelon iced tea in a clear glass
    Marko Goodwin

    Serve this Southern sweet tea watermelon agua fresca hybrid in a clear glass to show off its brilliant color. Add more ice or a sprig of mint if desired. Serve any extra watermelon iced tea from a pitcher.

    Any leftover watermelon iced tea can be kept covered and refrigerated to be drunk the next morning.

    Makes about four servings.