How to Make Winter Melon Milk Tea

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If you’re all about experimenting with flavors and bringing new tastes together, then this article was tailored to your preferences. We present a unique and super delicious way to enjoy your usual milk tea – by adding winter melon to it. Discover the ultimate preparation method and give a refreshing flavor to your afternoon tea parties. Unusual but deeply nourishing, this Asian fruit brings a whole new meaning to tea drinking.

What Is Winter Melon Milk Tea?

Winter melon milk tea is something like a regular milk tea but with an exotic twist. Instead of your usual black tea or oolong leaves, you are boiling and infusing the fruit itself. Thanks to the unique flavor of the Asian fruit winter melon, this extraordinary beverage is like nothing else you’ve ever tasted.

Originating from Southeast Asia, where it is a staple in traditional cuisine and an essential part of Eastern Medicine, this squash-like ingredient definitely has a mild taste but a lot to offer. But don’t be fooled thinking that this long jewel is limited to Taiwanese tea enthusiasts. Also thriving on the Hawaiian coasts, winter melon is practically within reach.

When combined with the smooth and creamy mouthfeel of milk, winter melon milk tea creates an explosion of taste on your palate, so irresistible that this beverage is practically intoxicating.

How to Make Winter Melon Tea

Like other kinds of milk tea, winter melon milk tea can be made more than one way. The usual preparation would be to boil, juice, and strain the fruit into a cup, and then simply add some milk and enjoy it warm, just like you would usually do.

But today, we will be covering a whole new approach to winter melon tea making. Instead of warming your tummy up, we will be knocking the heat off. By turning this beverage ice-cold, we will lower the high temperature.

I know, I know. The term winter melon and our recipe refreshing summer tea don’t seem to exactly go hand in hand, but once you give this a try, you will see that it makes all the sense in the world.

Here is what you need:

  • About 3 pounds of
  • Winter Melon
  • ½ pound of Brown Sugar, powdered
  • 2 ounces of Rock Sugar

And here is how you can make it:

  1. Start by washing and peeling the winter melon. Remove the seeds and cut the fruit into small cubes. Do not discard the seeds, but set them aside.
  2. Place the cubed fruit into a large pot.
  3. Sprinkle the powdered sugar over the fruit, and then let it sit for about an hour or so. You will notice a layer of water at the bottom of the pot now, and that is precisely what we want. Do not get rid of the water. Just place the pot over medium heat.
  4. When the water starts boiling, add the rock sugar inside the pot. At this point, add the seeds back to the pot. This step is optional, and you can choose to omit it, but we would suggest otherwise. Cooking the seeds will intensify the taste and add subtle earthy notes that can transform your tea.
  5. Now, reduce the heat to low-medium, and cook for 90-120 minutes. You want the fruit to become transparent. Remove from heat, and let cool.
  6. Press the fruit heavily to extract as much of the juice as possible, then by using a fine mesh strainer, strain the juice into clean bottles. You can also use a gauze/cheesecloth – just wrap the fruit inside and then squeeze out the juice.
  7. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or consume immediately.
  8. To drink it with milk, add a few ice cubes in a glass, and pour the desired amount of tea over. Add about 1 -2 tablespoons of milk, stir, and enjoy!

Does Winter Melon Tea Have Caffeine?

Winter melon tea is caffeine-free and incredibly low in fats, which makes it the perfect guilt-free tea indulgence that you can safely sip on before bedtime without being worried about it affecting your sleep.

What this tea can affect, though, is your health. But in a positive way, of course! Winter melon is loaded with Vitamin C, vitamin B12, and potassium, which can play a huge role in boosting your immunity and keeping your blood sugar in check. Welr teel, at least as you don’t overdo it with the sweetener, that is.

Winter melon has been used in Eastern medicine for a good reason, and here is a delicious way for you to exploit these benefits and support your health in a way that will also make your taste buds happy.

How Do You Preserve Winter Melon?

The most appealing thing about winter melon is that it can actually last a pretty long time if stored properly. If you find a dark and dry place for your newfound tea, you don’t need to do a thing to preserve it.

That’s right, a whole, unpeeled winter melon can actually last 5 months if you keep the humidity and temperature in check. That can be a dark corner in your basement or a root cellar if you have one.

Of course, if your conditions don’t allow such storage or you live someplace tropical, you can always just peel, deseed, and chop the fruit, then place it into Ziploc bags and inside your freezer. Frozen, it can last you months, if not a whole year. Make sure to chop into equal-sized pieces, though, to ensure even defrosting.

Conclusion

Winter melon may not be the first thing that comes to mind when talking about milk tea, but trust us, once you give your tea this fruity twist, it will be all you will think about. Whether hot or cold, winter melon milk tea is equally delicious. Go crazy with spices, herbs, and other add-ins, to find your ultimate taste. A pinch of ginger and cinnamon with condensed milk seems to be our favorite combo. What is yours?

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