The new issue of Martha Stewart Living has a recipe for Tea-Scented Melon, a mixture of summer fruits infused with tea, honey and mint. I liked the idea but not the particular ingredients in the recipe. So I made up my own concoction to go over cantaloupe and oh my goodness, is this ever a wonderful new use for tea!
First, I got a package of pre-sliced cantaloupe at the grocery store. The package I got was a pound and a half, but I don't think this "recipe" has to be very exact. I brewed about two cups of hot tea using two Ginger Peach teabags, to which I added a tablespoon of honey. I placed the cantaloupe in a large bowl. After the tea had steeped for several minutes and cooled a bit, I poured the tea over the cantaloupe and added a handful of fresh mint leaves before putting the bowl in the refrigerator to chill for a couple of hours.
The honey (Tea Honey from a friend) and mint, combined with the spicy taste of the Ginger Peach tea, really turn simple cantaloupe slices into something special. My husband liked it too, and I would not hesitate to serve this to friends as a simple summer dessert!