Lemon Balm and Watermelon Green Iced Tea

Ingredients
  • 1 gallon water
  • 8 tablespoons (1/2 cup) green tea leaves in bags or tea infuser
  • ¼ cup loosely packed lemon balm leaves
  • For the watermelon syrup:
  • 4 cups watermelon, cut into small pieces
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced lemon balm
Directions
  1. In a large pitcher or beverage container, combine the water, green tea, and lemon balm leaves. Place in the refrigerator and allow to steep for at least 8 hours.
  2. In a saucepan, combine the watermelon chunks, lemon juice, lemon balm, and 2 tablespoons of water. bring to a light boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Strain the leftover watermelon pieces and lemon balm from the mixture, pressing into the strainer to remove any extra juice. Allow the syrup to cool.
  4. Add the syrup to the iced green tea. Stirring to combine. Serve over ice. Garnish with extra watermelon slices.
Author: Shaina Olmanson
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Recipe by Food for My Family at http://foodformyfamily.com/recipes/lemon-balm-watermelon-green-iced-tea-cold-brew