How many times have you cut up a watermelon and discarded all of that wonderful juice?! Watermelons are so good for you too, (and not just the fruit itself!) It may take a few more minutes, but next time you cut one up, go the extra step of pouring off that juice, (or placing fruit in a "juicer"), straining it through a fine sieve, and place in a container in the refrigerator for drinking alone, or adding to other beverages like this one! Simply delicious!
****CAUTION: For expectant mothers- please consult your physician prior to drinking Hibiscus or other herbal teas, as it could cause complications in the first trimester, (especially.)
Yield: Just over 1/2 gallon
6 Hibiscus tea bags
1/2 cup fresh watermelon juice (strained)
1/4- 1/2 cup pure raspberry juice (made from 1- 6oz. cont. of fresh raspberries) or you can simplify and use a store-bought raspberry fruit juice
1) In a pitcher, "sun tea" container, or other 1/2 gallon container, brew your tea- filling 3/4 of the way up with water.
***For "sun tea", simply fill container with water, place your tea bags in the water, put a lid on, and leave outside for a good 1 or 2 hours. Once tea is brewed, place in refrigerator to chill.
2) Make your raspberry juice: simply take the full 6 oz. container of raspberries and place in a small sauce pan, cover with just enough water so that they "float", and cook on low until raspberries are soft. Remove from heat, mash with a fork or potato masher. Over a bowl, place a fine sieve and strain off as much concentrated juice as possible, making sure to keep the seeds and pulp out! Cool the juice, and discard the seeds & pulp.
3) Pull the brewed tea out of the refrigerator, and remove the tea bags. Add your strained watermelon juice, and the fresh raspberry juice. Mix, and check sweetness. You can add your favorite sweetener at this time, until you have the desired result! Serve with ice, and garnish with a small watermelon wedge, or fresh raspberries!