Watermelon Lemonade and Strawberry-Mint Iced Tea

The sweltering Texas heat is beginning, y’all. And boy is it hot.  Though Dallas is not humid like Houston, June hasn’t even begun and I find myself blasting the AC wherever I go.  To make matters worse, I am awkwardly sweaty (I call it a sexy “glow”) so whenever I am outside there is sweat pouring down my face, non-stop.  I had to find a solution for not only the excessive heat but something to cure my insatiable thirst for something refreshing.

I am making these 2 drinks for my Awesome Rawsome event this weekend and thought I’d give it a spin before serving them Saturday.  Oh yes, about that — FoodBuzz selected my proposal this month for 24,24,24!  So stay tuned for an exciting menu of Raw Foods hence the title “Awesome Rawsome”.  I’ll keep this short and sweet, the drinks are awesome — I’ve finished half the batch of Strawberry Lemonade because it’s probably the best drink EVER.  Don’t believe me?  Give it a try!  And seeing that Memorial Day is this weekend, why not whip up a big batch for guests?  Maybe if you’re feeling a little sassy, kick it up a notch with some gin or vodka (because who are we kidding, everyone gets a little saucy during Summer holidays).  Have a great weekend folks!

Ingredients for Strawberry-Mint Iced Tea: (makes 6 servings)

  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 8 fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup honey water (1/4 honey 1/4 water) <— you can also use agave
  • 4 mint-flavored tea bags

In a medium saucepan, bring 6 cups water to a boil.  Allow water to cool down to a warm temperature (around 110 degrees). Add 3/4 pint strawberries and mint. Allow to steep for 10 minutes then add honey water and tea bags.

Strain mixture through a fine seive and mash strawberries to extract more juice.  Cool to room temperature and refrigerate until serving.

Pour over ice.  Garnish with remaining sliced strawberries.

If you do not feel it’s sweet enough, feel free to add more honey/agave.  The reason I did not steep the tea leaves in boiling water is because with Raw Foods, they have a rule where they do not cook anything above 118F.  However, if you could care less, feel free to simmer the strawberries and mint at a low heat for about 6 minutes, add the honey water and tea bags and simmer for an additional minute.

Ingredients for Watermelon Lemonade: (makes 4 servings)

  • 1 1/2 lbs sliced watermelon, (preferably seedless), rind removed
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced, for garnish

In the bowl of a food processor, place watermelon and process until very smooth.  Strain through a coarse sieve set over a bowl, stirring to push through any pulp.

Pour juice into a large pitcher.  Add lemon zest.  In a bowl, whisk lemon juice and honey until honey dissolves; stir into watermelon juice.

Stir in water; cover and refrigersate until very cold.  Serve over ice and garnish with lemon slices.

65 responses to “Watermelon Lemonade and Strawberry-Mint Iced Tea

  1. LOVE your photography sweets!!! Making me thirsty!! 🙂

  2. congrats on your foodbuzz …thats great…this sounds refreshing ~!

  3. Ahhh! I love watermelon! I make something similar and sometimes even use ginger.

  4. I just got back from a sweaty yoga class, this looks so refreshing.

  5. These are just so refreshing! Love the watermelon juice. The weather here also very heaty… well, I guess we sweat almost everyday here! haha…. I can tell you that I sweat even worst. Anyway, hope you’ll have a wonderful day!
    Cheers, Kristy

    • Hahaha Kristy at one point I told my mom I wanted the sweat gland removed from my face and my back, but since dating Collin he sweats 10 times more than I do so suddenly my sweating problem no longer is an issue 🙂 Thank you for the kind words as always love!

  6. Beautiful pictures and beautiful drinks from a very beautiful bride to be!!

  7. These look like two wonderfully refreshing drinks, love it!

  8. That watermelonade looks so pretty and pink and refreshing…
    I’m definitely putting that on my list of things to make this summer, especially since it’s looking like it’s gonna be a hot one this year! 🙂 (Yeah, I know… my definition of “hot” is probably pretty different from what it is down in Texas)
    PS – Congrats on 24, 24, 24!

    • Hahaha I have a feeling it’s going to be a hot summer this year too!! Keep cool and hydrated 🙂 And thank you for your kind words and congrats, you’re awesome!

  9. “Sexy glow”, I love that!
    Best summer drinks ever!

  10. Ooh those watermelon photos are calling my name! I must try this

  11. Wow, both look insanely refreshing. Would have needed it this week.

  12. ahhh, those look so freshing and would do well in Florida’s sweltering heat, too. beautiful photographs!

  13. beautiful photos and great recipes!

  14. Oh…I really need this. The weather here is super hot…getting headache and tired 😦

  15. Austin is nice and hot already too! This looks like a perfect beverage for summer. Wish I had a glass in my hand right now.

  16. Hi – I cook mostly by measurements rather than weights… approximately how many cups would translate to 1 1/2 pounds watermelon? Thanks so much, Maureen

  17. so soooo refreshing!!! Watermelon is my favorite, love the color and taste. Your drink is fabulous!

    • Nadia watermelon is my favorite too!!! I can literally eat an entire watermelon to myself in a couple days 🙂 Thanks for your sweet words darling!

  18. I need some of that watermelon lemonade NOW! 🙂 It is so beautiful, and I love the fact that it’s sweetened with honey. Thanks for the recipe and the beautiful photographs. I want to reach right into my computer for a drink! One of my kids (and his family) is moving to Texas this summer- I’ll have to pass along this refreshing recipe, ’cause I’m pretty sure they’re going to need it!

    • Betty thank you so much for your beautiful words! Your kid will definitely need plenty of icy drinks to cool him off for the Texas summers, it’s barely June and we are expected to reach triple digits this weekend — have mercy!! Pleasure to meet you 🙂

  19. as i was scrolling down one picture from the other, my cravings level went up and up until it was dangerously-red- and i-want-a-glass- of- this-righ-now- kind- of- feeling! and it’s only 6:39 here in the morning haha!

    your photos are uber fab joy!

  20. Wow, beautiful pictures. And the drinks look delicious! I’m so wishing I had a food processor right now.

  21. Great to discover another fellow Dallasite! So this heat is revving up your creative juices it looks like! Love both drinks and will keep them in mind to make all summer long!

  22. I don’t know which I like better – your refreshing summertime drinks or your drop-dead photography. Outstanding on all counts!

  23. So many beautiful images with this post and this tea should be marketed!

  24. What a great cool and refreshing drink for a hot summer day! Nice photos!

  25. These beverages scream summer! Can’t wait to try them in my own kitchen. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  26. These look delicious! I made honeydew melon sippers but I’m sure yours were better. I’m craving a watermelon lemonade right now.

  27. These look so nice! I’ll be giving them a go when the weather improves over here.

  28. I usually prefer the watermelon (mmmm a fave!) fresh and with anything else, but this is a really interesting recipe I can’t resist!
    Such a summery feeling!

  29. The lemonade sounds wonderful, and the photos are amazing:)

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