Thursday, July 19, 2012

Green Tea and Melon Slushie Drink

This green tea and melon slushie is a real crowd pleaser! I saw a recipe in a Food Network Magazine for a melon slushie drink with a hint of green tea in it and knew I had to try out the recipe. The drink was only "ok" so I've tweaked the recipe to make it taste like a green tea slushie and now I JUST LOVE IT!! I can easily get into all the wonderful health benefits of green tea, like how it's rich in antioxidants that can protect you from cardiovascular disease and blah, blah, blah, but since I have only 15 minutes left before I have to leave for work, feel free to google that shit. :)


You will need:
1 1/2 cups of water+3 T of water
2 bags of green tea(I prefer the Kirkland brand from Costco)
2 T of sugar plus 1 tsp of sugar
2 tsp of matcha green tea powder(or more if you prefer)
1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
3 cups of chopped honeydew melon
about 16 ounces(or 1 liter)of gingerale
1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice
8 pieces of fresh mint leaves

Bring 1 1/2 cups of water to a simmer on medium heat. Remove from heat, add the tea bags, and allow to steep for 5-7 minutes. Remove the tea bags and allow tea to come to room temperature.
Chop up your honeydew, place into ziplock baggy, flatten out the fruit, and then place into freezer overnight.
Meanwhile, bring the remaining 3 T of water, 2 T sugar, and ginger to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves(at least 2 minutes). Remove from heat and allow to cool then discard ginger. Stir the ginger syrup into the tea. Stir to combine and then pour into ice cube trays and freeze overnight as well.
Combine half each of the ice cubes(7 cubes), frozen honeydew, gingerale, lemon juice and mint into blender. Add in 1 tsp of of sugar and 1 tsp of matcha green tea powder and puree until smooth. Add more ginger ale as needed. Divide between two glasses. Repeat to make 2 more drinks.

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