Iced Watermelon Tea From Scratch

With refreshing watermelon and pure cane sugar, this iced watermelon tea will quench any summertime thirst. Brewing black tea bags longer than usual gives this recipe the perfect flavor profile. Whether you enjoy a glass right away or choose to chill it overnight, you’ll fall in love! P.S. It’s the perfect summer drink recipe for the Forth of July!

glass of tea with watermelon slices around it
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With summer in the south roaring forward, watermelons are plentiful. Their nostalgic, refreshing flavor has been an inspiration to whip up tasty drinks like this watermelon iced tea! The first summer drink creation, watermelon lemonade, was such a hit I knew I had to create another version. If you’re celebrating Independence Day, be sure to whip up one of these watermelon drink recipes!

Why You Will Love This Watermelon Iced Tea

  • Perfect summertime drink for hosting friends or family
  • Refreshing for hot days
  • Natural ingredients that taste amazing without harming your body
  • Quentches thirst and satisfies that sweet tooth

Ingredients to Make Watermelon Iced Tea

  • 6 cups water
  • 6 cups watermelon (cubed)
  • 1/2 cup pure cane sugar
  • 6 black tea bags

Best Black Tea Brands to Make This Recipe

When choosing tea bags, it’s important to research what material the brand uses. When using a plastic tea bag, microplastics seep into the hot tea and get into your body. Here are the best tea brands that have zero plastics:

How to Make Watermelon Iced Tea

  1. First, boil 6 cups of water in a kettle (or pot) and pour boiling water over tea bags in a large glass bowl. Let the tea brew for 5 minutes.
  2. Next, while the tea is brewing, add 6 cups of cubed watermelon into a blender. Blend on high for 1 minute. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher.
  3. Then, take tea bags out of the bowl and stir in pure cane sugar. Let cool for about 10 minutes.
  4. Finally, once the tea is cooled, add to watermelon juice in the pitcher and stir until combined. Serve right away over ice or refrigerate for one hour or overnight. The longer you let iced tea sit the deeper the flavor. Enjoy!

Tips to Make the Best Watermelon Iced Tea

  • Choose a ripe watermelon (I simply tap the watermelon rind and if there’s a deep hallow sound, I grab it haha)
  • Use pure cane sugar (find this in any grocery store)
  • Let the tea brew a little longer than the package says for a deep tea flavor (about 5 minutes)
  • Only use glass pitchers and bowls that are pure glass like Pyrex or borosilicate to prevent shattering

Best Way to Serve Watermelon Iced Tea

  • Right after whipping up this recipe, pour over ice in a glass jar.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour and serve over ice.
  • Refrigerate overnight and serve the next day over ice (has the best flavor!).

How to Store Leftover Watermelon Iced Tea

Store your watermelon iced tea in a glass pitcher inside the refrigerator for up to 5 days. If your pitcher doesn’t have a lid, add a small kitchen towel, beeswax wrap, or a silicon stretch to the top. During refrigeration the watermelon iced tea may separate. This is completely normal, just give it a stir before serving.

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watermelon iced tea

Watermelon Iced Tea Recipe

Molly LaFontaine of Plum Branch Home
With refreshing watermelon and pure cane sugar, this watermelon iced tea will quench any summertime thirst. Brewing black tea bags longer than usual gives this recipe the perfect flavor profile. Whether you enjoy a glass right away or choose to chill it overnight, you'll fall in love!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 4 Medium Glasses

Equipment

  • 1 blender
  • 1 Wooden Spoon
  • 1 Beeswax Wrap
  • 1 Watermelon Knife
  • 1 Glass Pitcher
  • 1 Large Glass Square
  • 1 fine mesh strainer

Ingredients
  

  • 6 cups water
  • 6 cups watermelon (cubed)
  • 1/2 cup pure cane sugar
  • 6 black tea bags

Instructions
 

  • First, boil 6 cups of water in a kettle (or pot) and pour boiling water over tea bags in a large glass bowl. Let the tea brew for 5 minutes
  • Next, while the tea is brewing, add 6 cups of cubed watermelon into a blender. Blend on high for 1 minute. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher.  
  • Then, take tea bags out of the bowl and stir in pure cane sugar. Let cool for about 10 minutes.  
  • Finally, once the tea is cooled, add to watermelon juice in the pitcher and stir until combined. Serve right away over ice or refrigerate for one hour or overnight. The longer you let iced tea sit the deeper the flavor. Enjoy!
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  1. 5 stars
    So refreshing, love this recipe!!!
    If you like tea and watermelon give this a try!!
    I don’t think you’ll be disappointed, they go together well.

    Plum Branch Home keep the recipes coming!!
    Love these refreshing summer drinks 💛

    1. I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe!! It’s perfect for hot summer days or anytime you’re craving a little treat! So glad you’re enjoying them and thank you for following along with this summer drink recipe series! Keep your eyes peeled Saturday for another favorite made with peaches! 👀😊