Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Blackberry Iced Tea

Celebrate National Iced Tea Month in style!
Blackberry Iced Tea
3 cups frozen blackberries, thawed
1 cup sugar
1 - 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh mint
pinch of baking soda
4 c. boiling water
3 family size tea bags (Luzianne)
2-1/2 c. water
Cover blackberries with sugar and let 'juice' for 10 minutes or more. Crush blackberries with wooden spoon. Add chopped mint and baking soda. Set aside.
Pour 4 c. boiling water over tea bags. Allow to steep 5 minutes. Remove tea bags.
Pour tea over blackberry mixture; let flavors marinate at room temperature for 1 hour. Pour blackberry tea through a wire mesh strainer into a large pitcher, discarding solids. Add 2-1/2 c. water. Chill. Garnish with fresh blackberries and fresh mint sprigs.
To make a Blackberry Sage Tea, substitute sage leaves for the fresh mint. Shown here, the blackberry tea with sage blossoms.

4 comments:

Martha said...

this looks refreshing -- I'll have to try it (with the sage) when blackberry season is on the prairie!

Prim Rose Hill ©2008-2010 said...

Sounds delicious!!

parTea lady said...

That blackberry tea does look good. I've made a similar tea using blueberries.

Marilyn said...

Sounds so good. Sage would be special in it too.