The Alexis Show: Watermelon Basil Tea Skewers (VIDEO)


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Watermelon & Basil Skewers with Assam Black Tea Simple Syrup
Basil may be a savory star, but it’s earthy and subtle peppery flavors balance the luscious watermelon and sweet, malty Assam syrup.

Makes 8 skewers


2 tablespoons Assam black tea
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
6 cups watermelon, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 cup basil leaves, torn into 1-inch pieces
Special tool: 8 skewers

Bring water to a boil and brew the Assam black tea for 5 minutes.
Strain out the tea leaves and add the brewed tea to a small pot on the stove.
Bring the tea to a rolling boil and stir in sugar until it has dissolved, approximately 2 minutes.
Let cool completely and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

On 8 skewers, alternate the watermelon cubes and basil leaves.
When ready to serve, spoon Assam black tea simple syrup over each skewer.

Tip: Do you have extra syrup left over?
Use it to sweeten iced tea or spoon over shaved iced for a chilled treat. 

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About Author

Alexis Siemons is a tea consultant and writer living in Philadelphia. She is certified in the Foundations of Tea (Level 1 & 2) by the Specialty Tea Institute, a division of the Tea Association of the USA. As a tea enthusiast, she writes about her steeped adventures on her website and blog, teaspoons & petals, teaches a series of culinary tea classes, and develops tea-infused recipes for restaurants. She also consults with tea companies, developing tea programs and creative marketing strategies. Her recipes and stories have been published in Anthology Magazine, Grid Magazine, Philadelphia Magazine, Kinfolk Magazine, Remedy Quarterly, Women's Health Magazine and Design*Sponge.

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