A cup of black tea made with a teabag, a plate of sliced winter melon and lime on a wooden table
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Winter Melon Tea Recipe

The perfect recipe for a summer drink!
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time3 hrs
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: winter melon, winter melon tea
Appliance: Stove
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Ishani Bose


  • 1 kg winter melon
  • 200 grams of brown sugar
  • 35 grams of rock sugar
  • 1 tsp of lemon syrup (to each cup of tea) (optional)


  • Cut a winter melon into cubes; you will need about 1 kilogram of the fruit for a large batch.
  • Place the cubed winter melon and 200 grams of brown sugar in a pot.
  • Allow this to sit for an hour as liquid begins to form.
  • Add 35 grams of rock sugar and bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Cover and reduce heat, then simmer until the fruit becomes completely transparent (approx. 1.5 hours)
  • Remove from heat, strain and press out as much liquid as possible. This is your concentrated syrup.
  • To make a cup of tea, mix 1 part syrup and 3 parts water. Usually, it is had cold, so you can either refrigerate it or serve it with ice. You can add a tsp of lemon syrup to each cup of tea as an optional taste enhancer. 
  • Store excess concentrate in a glass jar in the fridge.