citrus and honeydew sparkling tea punch
This recipe is brought to you by Kayleigh Kosmas of Oh Honey!
Punch is a favorite chilled drink of mine because at its simplest it’s an easy blend of fruit juice and a carbonated element — if you use sparkling water, like I usually do, it’s more hydrating than juice alone — but the sky’s the limit. I made this sparkling citrus and honeydew tea punch with four kinds of fresh-squeezed citrus and Stash Tea’s Sweet Honeydew Green Tea. It’s a unique blend of mild green tea and refreshing melon — really, it tastes exactly like a perfectly ripe honeydew — that was made to be served cold. Mixing the citrus juices and the honeydew tea results in an immensely flavorful sweet-tart drink that’s less sugary and more complex than plain juice. Don’t forget the sparkling water — is it just me, or do bubbles make drinks extra refreshing?
I brewed the tea extra strong so it doesn’t taste watered down when mixed with the sparkling water. Feel free to use more tea for even more honeydew green tea flavor. I also stirred in a couple scoops of sugar to lightly sweeten the Meyer lemon and lime juices I used in my punch. If you want to avoid added sugar, try sticking to sweeter fruits like oranges and red grapefruit. Serve the punch chilled to avoid diluting the flavors with ice. If you’re feeling fancy you can garnish each glass with a slice of fruit and tiny edible flowers (rosemary blossoms are a pretty and readily available choice). Keep cool, friends!
- 4-5 tea bags Stash Sweet Honeydew Green Tea
- 12 oz. fresh-squeezed citrus juice*, chilled
- 8 oz. sparkling water, chilled
- cane sugar or other sweetener, to taste (optional)
*I used the juice from 1 navel orange, 1 red grapefruit, 1 Meyer lemon and a 1/2 lime. For sweeter punch with less tart flavor, stick to orange and sweet grapefruit juice.
Steep the tea in 12 oz. hot water for 3 minutes. Discard tea bags and refrigerate tea until cold.
Add the chilled tea, citrus juice and sparkling water to a pitcher. Add sugar to taste and stir well. Serve immediately.
Notes: Adding sugar highlights the honeydew flavor of the tea. The punch can be left unsweetened if a subtle, slightly tart flavor is desired. For more concentrated tea flavor, add more tea bags to the hot water, but do no steep longer than 3-4 minutes or the tea may taste bitter.