In the kitchen with Kelley: Watermelon and basil iced tea

Southerners know how to cool down. We had to figure it out to survive. Not only are the summer months below the Mason-Dixon line just plain hot, the humidity makes it downright oppressive.

That’s why we drink a lot of refreshing sweet tea… and enjoy a fair share of our favorite summer fruit: watermelon.

Who knew you could combine the two and create an extremely refreshing drink? Well, you can — and it’s easy. Just don’t forget to choose a ripe watermelon, preferable one that comes to maturity after July 1st. That way you’re likely to get a nice red one with ample antioxidant power.

You can use your favorite tea with this recipe, though I’d steer clear of flavored teas that might not mix well with the watermelon. Green or black tea are both good options, not only for flavor, but for the wealth of health benefits they’ll bring to the recipe.

And don’t be afraid to have more than one serving of tea daily (just cut down on the sugar)… because people who consume at least three cups of green or black tea daily had a 21 percent lower risk of stroke, and reduction in cholesterol, than those consuming less than one cup daily according to a studies.

And the basil in this tall cool recipe is no slouch either… basil leaves contain compounds known to have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. So enjoy it, cool down and feel good about it!

Watermelon and basil iced tea
  • 8 cups of boiling water
  • 8 tea bags
  • A slice of watermelon — about ⅛ of a medium-sized one, cut into small triangles
  • 1 small bunch of fresh basil sprigs
  1. Pour 8 cups of boiling water into a heat-resistant pitcher. Add 8 tea bags and let steep for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove and discard the bags and allow the tea to cool to room temperature. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. Before serving, add the watermelon and basil and pour over ice.

Kelley Martin

By Kelley Martin

Kelley Martin is an award-winning journalist who has been covering the news for more than 20 years. She cooks for her family, and she shares recipes with the readers of Easy Health Options™.