Wonderful Watermelon, Strawberry Ice Tea

By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional

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Nothing says summer like watermelon.  During the summer I can’t go to the grocery store with out the kids asking for one.  They want it for breakfast, lunch and dinner….Honestly, I get tired of cutting them up.  And I know I shouldn’t complain, because they will pick watermelon over cookies or cake any day (which is any parents dream come true).

So I have had to get creative with ways to use this seasonal fruit.  Untilrecently, I never considered using it for drinks. But after Danny made frozen slushies one day for the kids, by simply freezing chucks of seedless watermelon and then blending them in the blender, the kids now constantly ask for drinks made from watermelon.

Kids are great sources of inspiration when it comes to cooking.   As once they discover a new favorite food, it is up to us, as parents, to keep them happy and so I  will spend tons of time looking for and creating recipes using their current favorite foods.  It keeps me on my toes that is for sure.

Ingredients

  • 1 Small, Seedless Watermelon
  • 1 Pint Strawberries
  • 10 Chamomile Tea Bags
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 3 Cups Water

Steps

  1. In a large pitcher, add 2 cups warm water and then add your chamomile tea bags.  Let steep for an hour or so.  Squeeze and Remove your tea bags.
  2. Wash and slice your strawberries.  Set aside 1/3 of the slices and take the remaining strawberry slices and place into a small bowl.  With a fork gently smash your strawberries to break them up into large chucks, be careful that you don’t go crazy and pulverize them.  They should be chunky.
  3. In a small pot, add 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water and your strawberry chunks.  Bring to a rolling boil, creating a simple syrup, and then remove from the heat.  Let your simple syrup cool to room temperature.  Once cool, strain your simple syrup to remove the fruit pieces.  A small colander or cheese cloth over a large measuring cup will work.
  4. While your syrup is cooling, cut your watermelon into chunks.  Place into a blender and blend until smooth and frothy.
  5. Add your cooled and strained simple syrup, remaining strawberry slices and watermelon juice to your pitcher of chamomile tea.  Stir gently.
  6. Serve over ice and enjoy.
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