Cucumber Melon/Culinary Teas. . . . .

Fellow sisters of the 90s, two words: cucumber. melon. Now, if you’re anything like me, you were just insta-transported to your bathroom cabinet stocked with matching body lotions, shower gels, and body sprays all smelling identically of summery melon cucumber goodness. And gosh darn it if this tea isn’t a dead ringer for that super-nostalgic scent. Full green tea leaves are perfectly paired with big slices of dehydrated cucumber pieces of this dry leaf, brewing up to a light and fresh, golden-y green. If you like your teas a little more savory, as-is leaves a perfectly fresh and delightful drink that is reminiscent of spa water, with more of an emphasis on the cucumber than the melon. With just a splash of lemonade, the melon is beautifully highlighted– and friends, this is like Bath & Body Works in a cup. It’s fresh and fruity and cucumber-y, with perfectly light and sweet honeydew melon undertones.

Who would I recommend this tea for? Frankly, if at any point you’ve had: a Lisa Frank binder, kept all your nail polish in a caboodle, or have squealed your way through a Bath & Body Works 75% off sale at least once in your life, add this one to your cart for summertime sipping. You won’t be disappointed!


Want to Know More About This Tea?

Leaf Type: Green

Where to Buy:  Culinary Teas  

Description

Like a day at the Spa!
Smooth, sweet fresh watermelon notes fill the cup. Light cucumber finish. Very nice tea, not heavy.
Luxury Ingredients:Green tea, Cucumber slices, Natural flavors.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Watermelon from Fox Tea Club. . . .

I’m going to let you all in on a little secret: I don’t really like watermelon.

GASP. Don’t tell summer. But for real– I am a fruit fiend, but something about melon (cantaloupe and honeydew included) just doesn’t really do it for me. In fact, I’ve even been known to scoff at a bowl of “filler fruit” alongside my omelet at breakfast. Bring me berries, or nothing at all!

That said– a little sub-quirk of this particular quirk is that I really love watermelon-flavored things. (I know, I don’t get it either.) Something about the concentrated, bright tanginess is spectacular to my palate– especially when it’s in iced tea form! Which, of course, is exactly how I brewed up this tea sample. Immediately, it turned a gorgeous, bright berry red. After a night in the fridge, this one was fully steeped. Fascinatingly enough, this brew boasts ZERO watermelon or watermelon flavoring, and yet, this blend totally hits all those familiar watermelon flavors.

My only tiny gripe is that the hibiscus in this blend is… overpowering. It is SUPER tart, and almost distractingly hibiscus-y. I want more of that yummy, watermelon-y goodness, but all my brain can process of the end notes of each sip is “hibiscus! hibiscus!”– kind of a bummer. That said, I can totally forsee this blend making for perfect, summery sun tea. In fact, you melon-lovers unlike myself could totally throw a few slices of your melon of choice inside a cold glass for a refreshing summery treat. Mmm– summer in a glass.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Tisane
Where to Buy:  Fox Tea Club
Description

The remarkable blend of red hibiscus, tart cherries, red bilberry, aromatic rose petals, and rose hips combine sweetly in this remarkable “watermelony” summer tea. It is especially refreshing as served iced on a summer afternoon. Add a touch of sugar or honey to bring out the fruitiness of the brew.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Watermelon Mint from Trader Joe’s. . . .

You know how every once in a while, you stumble across a tea that is LITERALLY PERFECT? (I know, it doesn’t happen often– but when it does, hallelujah hands, am I right?) This tea, you guys. I cannot stop cold brewing it for the summer! I grabbed a tin of it at Trader Joe’s during my grocery trip a few weeks ago, and I’ve already picked up a second– that’s how quickly I’m sipping through it.

I’ll be the first to admit that I have a weird relationship with watermelon and watermelon-flavored things– I feel abundantly ‘meh’ regarding melon as a fruit (when I pretty much love all other fruits and veg) and could take or leave fresh watermelon. But when it comes the the flavor? I am ALL about it. This one has that perfectly juicy, melon-y flavor that is spot-on best watermelon– tempered by a hint of mint with just a touch of natural sweetness from the licorice. (Licorice haters, don’t fret– you can’t taste it, it’s just there for a flavor boost). It’s perfect iced as-is, but it also takes a splash of lemonade so well. SO WELL. I’m not done gushing– this iced tea is perfect, friends.

To top it all off? This tea comes in the absolute cutest tin I ever did see, and every time you open it for a whiff, the aroma is absolutely divine. While I normally spend all summer sipping all manner of iced teas, this is one that I just can’t help but want to drink every day, the rest of my collection be darned. Who knew TJ’s would come in with the sleeper tea hit of the summer? Go get you some, stat!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  Trader Joe’s
Description

This tea is not on the website but click below to find a Trader Joe’s near you.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Watermelon Oolong from Fraser Tea. . .

Imagine, if you will, a watermelon Jolly Rancher, then mellow it out by melting it into a nice cup of jasmine oolong. Boom. Watermelon Oolong by Frasier Tea. I really don’t have to go on, honestly, because I nailed the description in the first sentence. I could walk out of this post. I COULD LEAVE RIGHT NOW.

But I won’t, because, you know, I have an obligation to you guys to entertain you and bring you joy.

So let’s talk about summer and how it is JUST around the corner. This tea is going to be your summer buddy. It is basically the Fourth of July watermelon platter in a liquid. You can feel the rumbling booms of fireworks echoing off nearby mountains. You can hear children shrieking as they chase each other. Everyone’s hair is frizzy and no one cares because they’re drunk on sunshine and casual long weekend companionship.

THAT’s how this tea feels. This tea feels like the promise of good weather with your friends.

Summer is just around the corner. Ready yourself.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Oolong
Where to Buy:  Fraser Tea
Description

A virtual summer picnic in your glass, Watermelon Oolong Organic Oolong Tea combines fresh berries and tropical fruit flavors together with lemongrass for a crisp and refreshing taste.  This superior grade organic oolong tea offers numerous nutritional benefits including weight management, diabetes management, and mental health.  Think wellness; embrace flavor.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Watermelon Lemonade Organic Green Tea from Fraser Tea. . .

 

I am a green tea kinda gal. Always have been. I enjoy black teas but sometimes they just hit me as being heavy. I love the fresh crisp flavors that  only green teas an sometimes white teas can provide.

Speaking of crisp flavors, the other day I tried a unique blend that I haven’t seen anywhere else yet.  Watermelon Lemonade Organic Green Tea from Fraser Tea.  This blend is a lovely combination  of green tea, peppermint, organic flavors, pineapples, and a few other ingredients.

Never would I have ever thought that I would dig watermelon in tea blends but recently 52Teas brought out a few watermelon teas that I greedily gobbled up tea pot after tea pot.  This tea blend had my name all over it. I  was happy to see it in my green tea sampler that I picked up from Fraser Tea a week ago.  My tea kettle couldn’t prep the water fast enough for me.

For brewing parameters for this tea sachet, I prepped the water at 190F, steeped the tea sachet for a little over 3 minutes, and then allowed the tea to cool for another couple minutes-letting the flavors settle.  This tea blend brews up to this lovely green limeade like flavor.  I took my first sip and I knew I was done for.

Bright pops of a green vegetal background swirled happily and danced lovingly alongside notes of lemon and a subtle melon like flavor.  There is a tartness through out each sip that is really lovely and the peppermint adds in a needed contrasting freshness to end each sip.  I wouldn’t exactly call this a lemonade but in the same token, I wouldn’t simply call this a Watermelon Lemon tea.  Like I said there is that noticeable tartness and I think that is where the lemonade comes into play.

Regardless, this tea is refreshing and marvelous. I can only imagine how dynamite this tea would be iced. This tea may not be a solid everyday drinking tea for me, but this tea is one that I would gladly drink every now and again.  A lovely little ditty to keep in my tea stash when I need a change of pace.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green
Where to Buy:  Fraser Tea
Description

Delicate watermelon and mint flavor with a gentle finish.

Green Tea*, Peppermint*, Eleuthero Root*, Organic Flavors, Pineapples*, Lemongrass*, Hibiscus*, Safflower*, Cornflower*, Calendula* (*) = Organic Certified.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!