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      Ice Tea Brewing

      6 tsp black tea leaves, preferably Nilgiri or Ceylon

      3 cups boiling water

      3 cups ice

      1/6 or 1/4 watermelon, cut into cubes

      2 tbs lemon juice

      1 tbs sugar

      1 sprig of mint, plus a few extra for garnish, optional

      Combine the tea leaves and boiling water in a teapot.

      Let steep for three to five min.

      Strain the tea leaves.

      Set the tea aside in the fridge or freezer until step three.

      Combine all ingredients but the tea in a blender. Blend until smooth using the “blend” setting. It should take about 30 sec. As needed, stop blending to push the ingredients toward the blades with a spoon. Once the mixture is smooth, cover the mixture until shortly before ready to serve watermelon iced tea.

      When almost ready to serve watermelon iced tea, pour the brewed black tea over a pitcher of ice. Most of the ice will melt, but the tea has been brewed extra strong to accommodate for this dilution.

      Add remaining ingredients to the pitcher. Stir well. If the drink begins to separate into layers (as is natural for agua fresca-style drinks), simply stir it again.

      Any leftover watermelon iced tea can be kept covered and refrigerated to be drunk the next morning.  Makes about four servings.

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