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Honeydew green tea

Pour this sweet drink into a glass, or the melon itself, for a refreshing summer treat


The delicate flavors of honeydew melon and green tea meld together for a refreshment so visually enchanting that the taste is nothing short of magical. Combining elegant airs of fresh melon, crisp notes of tea, and a bit of herbal sensation sweetness, this beverage is a treat on the hottest of summer days and the perfect way to relax and unwind from the heat of the day. With its health benefits aside, green tea might also be a wonder drink for our waistlines! Serve some of the blended honeydew melon in the hollowed rind.

Gather some of your garden’s freshest mint, thyme or basil for herbal flair, find a perfectly ripe honeydew melon, and then brew and blend a treat for you and your honey!

Serves 6–8

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 baker’s dozen fresh herb leaves (mint, mild basil, thyme, or your choice)
  • 4 bags green tea
  • 1⁄3 cup Simple Syrup (Basic or Herbal) or honey
  • 1 small to medium honeydew melon
  • 1 1⁄2 cups ice cubes


Preparation

Bring water to a boil. Add about a dozen or so mint leaves and tea bags to the boiling water. Allow to steep for 3–4 minutes then discard the tea bags and herb leaves. Sweeten the tea with simple syrup or honey. Chill tea before serving.

Scrape out the inside of the melon and add to a blender with the ice. Spoon the slushy melon puree into ice-cold green tea and garnish with herbs.

 

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