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Hibiscus Watermelon Refresco

June 27, 2012

It is so hot!  I hear it all over the web. It’s hot here in Houston. It’s thick hot. Then it’s dry hot. Then it’s humid and hot. It’s just so much.  All you want is to cool down!
This is the perfect drink for these unbearable days and nights.
No major energy spent at all.

Hibiscus Watermelon Refresco

2 cups Hibiscus tea
3 cups watermelon
Agave Nectar or Honey (or not)
Pink sea salt

Brew 3 tablespoons of dried hibiscus flowers in 2 cups of water. Pour boiling water over flowers and stir.
Sit down. Fan yourself.
Remove seeds and cut 1/3 of a large watermelon into chunks.
Stand in front of open refrigerator after putting away the melon. Close your eyes and enjoy the cool air.
Put 3 cups of ice into a large pitcher, have a little ice party on your forehead. Let the water run down your neck.
Strain tea from solids and  pour the beautiful red tea into the ice. Stir. Inhale the fruity essence of the tea.
Put the watermelon in your blender, in batches if necessary, but don’t strain yourself. It’s not molecular cuisine is it?
Read a nice magazine while you wait for the ice to melt completely into the tea.

Add the melon to the pitcher. Squeeze half a lime into the mixture. Squirt some agave nectar in.  Add a little salt to taste.
Pour the tea thru a strainer into a pretty glass and recline.
Fan your self as you refresh while you enjoy your beautiful drink.
Take a nap with your favorite animal.
Why not? That was exhausting and it’s so hot!

I used lemon not lime as my recipe calls for. It was so hot, I just used what was already sliced.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. June 27, 2012 6:03 am

    Oh Darla I need this today! Looks cool, refreshing and quite pleasing for the end of a long day.

    • June 27, 2012 11:22 pm

      it’s really nice. this recipe makes quite a bit. like all fresh juice it’s best on the same day. i keep hibiscus tea in the fridge all summer. so refreshing!

  2. June 27, 2012 8:27 am


  3. June 27, 2012 11:53 am

    Looks good- the salt is a nice touch…

  4. June 27, 2012 3:11 pm

    Sure looks refreshing! I will need this tomorrow, it is going to be 95 degrees here in Pittsburgh, PA. What does hibiscus taste like? I have never had it, could you use it in a dessert since it is such a wonderful color?

    • June 27, 2012 11:33 pm

      hi jane, isn’t that color gorgeous?hibiscus tea is fruity. not floral at all. very citrusy. i usually drink it with just a squirt of agave. you can get the dried “jamaica” flowers at whole foods or on the net. also, the republic of tea makes several flavors of hibiscus tea. their plain hibiscus flavor is really nice. and yes! it is all about desserts. i have made hibiscus sorbet, and ice pops, hibiscus curd and ice cream syrup. thanks for stopping by, and keep cool!

  5. June 27, 2012 9:06 pm

    Have you tried cucumber and watermelon?

  6. August 14, 2012 5:30 am

    Beautiful Photo! Looks refreshing. I love the long stem as you scroll down. :+)

  7. August 23, 2012 1:03 am

    Hi Darla! Another hibiscus tea lover here! Have you tried it with a little honey? 🙂

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