Green Tea Infused Watermelon Orange Cooler
Beat the heat with this refreshing drink which is also good for you.
If you are a fan of green tea you will like this drink which has no added sugar or sweeteners. The green tea I have used here is the mango passion fruit green tea. With every sip of this drink, you will be able to taste the different flavors such as from the green tea, the watermelon and orange as also lemon from the slices. At the end, a piece of juicy blueberry will leave you feeling happy.
Teas such as green tea, black tea have what are called polyphenols which researchers believe have a role in increasing insulin activity and also in preventing cancers. Green tea in particular, helps sensitize cells to metabolise sugars better.
If you are someone watching your waistline or avoiding sugars, in general, this might be the one for you.
I checked out recipes of watermelon sweetened green tea here which was the starting point for my drink recipe.
3 green tea bags (I used natural mango and passion fruit flavored green tea bags, you can use your choice of flavors)
3 cups of water to boil the tea bags
1 cup of freshly made watermelon juice (passed through a sieve to remove the seeds)
1 to 1&1/2 cups of freshly squeezed orange juice
4 slices of fresh lemon
4 slices of fresh orange
ice cubes as needed
sprigs of fresh mint for garnish – optional
Total Cooking Time – 2 hrs 12 min
Serves – 6-8
Boil 3 cups of water.
Add the tea bags and boil for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat.
Allow it to sit for another 5 minutes. Then, squeeze out the bags and discard.
In a blender, juice the roughly chopped watermelon. Pass it through a fine sieve to remove the seeds.
In a jug, mix the tea, watermelon juice.
Add freshly squeezed orange juice, combine well.
Then add the lemon and orange slices along with blueberries. Again stir.
Chill in the refrigerator for an hour or two and serve with added ice cubes, garnished with mint sprigs if so preferred.
Add 1-2 blueberries to each serving. This adds a refreshing bite at the end.