Watermelon Iced Tea

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Hey, Editor ‘n Chef here. Look, I’m not going to mince words; I’m a fall guy. That’s just a fact. I listened to the first Fall Out Boy album, watched Brad Pitt fight a bear in Legends of the Fall, and wake up happy every afternoon knowing that BBC’s The Fall is going to have a second season.

Because of this I can’t say I’m really prepared to mourn the end of summer. Blasphemy, I know. But there is one thing I’m going to miss once the leaves start to change: the tasteful beauty that is the watermelon. To help me say goodbye to one of my favorite fruits and to help others say goodbye to summer, I’ve prepared the recipe for my favorite summer drink.

Watermelon Iced Tea

Ingredients
Watermelon
6 Green Tea Packages
Granulated sugar
Water

Instructions
Start by boiling 6 cups of water in a pan. Use 5 if you want a stronger tea flavor. Once the water comes to a boil, take it off the heat and wait approximately a minute before adding the Green Tea Packages.

Begin cutting your watermelon into smaller chunks and placing those chunks into the blender. As you’re doing this, keep blending the material down so you can get a better estimate of how much pureed melon is inside. I usually shoot for a 50/50 split between tea and melon puree, so prepare 6 cups of melon.

This is where the recipe turns into a Choose Your Own Adventure.

Do you like pulp in your orange juice? Yes or no.
If yes, mix the pureed watermelon and green tea into a pitcher. (The more delicious choice)
If no, pour the pureed watermelon through a strainer, sifting out all the chunky bits. (The still tasty but less exciting choice)

Do you like sweet or unsweetened tea?
If you like sweet tea, consider adding a single cup of sugar to the drink.
If you like unsweetened tea, you were eaten by a shark when trying to forge the shallow river.

So there you have it. Assuming the shark to chef ratio in your kitchen tips in favor of humanity, you will have just put together a simple but delicious reason not to hate summer.

Summer folks, I hope this tea helps to ease the transition into a much better season.

Autumn folks, keep on keeping on, you classy bastards.

Post by Ian Sims. Photo by Bailey James. 

  • As an autumn-person and fellow Legends of the Fall aficionado (CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE LUDLOWS WOW THAT THEME SONG SCREAMS FALL–the orange leaves and pumpkin spice everything kind) I [i]cannot[/i] wait for autumn to descend full swing; the crispness in the air, the chill, and the sudden reappearance of hearty, stick-to-your-ribs kind of food…

    But dang, this summer was pretty nice and mild (Weird for this area, which is usually a humidity hotspot) so I’m sad to see it go, and with it the loss of all that delicious watermelon and the tubs of blueberries 🙁 Ah well, at least we can do a proper send-off with watermelon tea! Will try it with green, though I think white might be a cool combo, too

    ((Tasty leftover: if the Silver Spork team is up for it, I highly recommend celebrating end-of-summer in style with [i]suikawari[/i]–a party game where someone is blindfolded and given a bat/sword/general bludgeoning object and basically has to smash a watermelon. Then you can all eat up the remains once it’s successfully beaten into delicious submission))