Watermelon Green Tea for a Summertime Cool Off

This easy drink recipe combines green tea, mint, and watermelon. A fruity twist on tea that’s perfect for summer weather, this easy watermelon green tea recipe is going to refresh your socks right off. 

Need more inspiration for summertime drinks? Try this tropical lilikoi gingerade, blueberry juice, or make a jam seltzer.

watermelon tea in a canning jar with ice.

Refreshing watermelon tea recipe

Love the flavor of watermelon? This refreshing naturally sweet iced tea recipe is going to be your new summertime backyard barbecue favorite! 

Ingredients

Watermelon   You’ll need a delicious fresh watermelon for this recipe. Does it have to be seedless? Nope. Since you’ll strain the solids before making the recipe, seeds won’t matter. You can use a standard red watermelon, but if you have a yellow one, that will work just fine. If you’re growing watermelon in the garden, even better! 

Green tea Brew up your favorite green tea. Use tea bags or make it with a bulk tea strainer. 

Lime — Use the juice from one fresh lime. If you don’t have a fresh lime on hand, bottled lime juice is fine; use about a tablespoon. 

watermelon chunks in a blender carafe.

Juicing the Watermelon

Watermelon is possibly one of the juiciest fruits and yet it’s rare that we serve watermelon juice. (Why is that??) When fresh watermelon is in season, why not give it a (literal) whirl? Process chunks of watermelon on low until liquefied. Strain the juice through a sieve to remove pulp and seeds before using it.

If you are using a seedless watermelon, you can absolutely skip this step, but the resulting “juice” will be more like a thin puree, resulting in a slightly thicker iced drink.

strainer with watermelon puree in it, over a white bowl.

You’ll use two cups of watermelon juice for this recipe. If you have extra, freeze it in an ice cube tray and serve this watermelon green tea over watermelon ice cubes. Or add them to your next fruit smoothie.

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Once the watermelon juice is made, it’s a simple matter of combining it with the green tea and lime juice.

Making watermelon green tea

Once the watermelon is juiced, the rest is easy! Brew the green tea and allow it to cool. Simply combine the juices with the tea, and serve over ice.  

Watermelon mint tea

Yup, this recipe is pretty versatile! Instead of using green tea, try brewing up a batch of mint tea to use in this recipe for a different flavor.

watermelon tea in a canning jar with ice.

 

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watermelon tea in a canning jar with ice.

Watermelon Green Tea

Yield: 4 cups
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Need a refreshing drink to cool off in the summer heat? This easy watermelon tea combines

Ingredients

  • 2 green tea bags
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 cups fresh watermelon, cut into chunks
  • Juice from one lime

Instructions

  1. Boil two cups of water and steep the green tea bags for 3 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make the watermelon juice: Place chunks of fresh watermelon in the carafe of a blender and process until liquefied. Strain to remove pulp.
  3. Combine brewed tea, 2 cups of watermelon juice, and the juice of one lime in a pitcher.
  4. Serve watermelon tea over ice; garnish with mint or lemon balm leaves if desired.

Notes

If you don't have a fresh lime on hand, bottled lime juice is fine; use about a tablespoon. 

Instead of using green tea, try brewing up a batch of mint tea to use in this recipe for a different flavor.

If you have excess watermelon juice, you can serve it alone as a drink, of course, but you can also freeze the juice into cubes for serving this tea recipe. Or add them to smoothies.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 49Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 1g

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Originally published in Auguest 2019; this post has been updated. 

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About the author: Kris Bordessa is an award-winning National Geographic author and a certified Master Food Preserver. If you want to send Kris a quick message, you can get in touch here.

1 comment… add one
  • Susan Jun 19, 2022 @ 7:37

    Hi Kris,
    Have you ever made a fermented watermelon soda before? I have started playing with making a ginger bug and a raisin fermenter starter that I have gotten from Rain Country (heidi) on YouTube. I am planning on trying to make watermelon soda. I love everything watermelon.
    Thanks

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