Hello there– Looking for a summery drink for our bridal shower last week and wandered across this fruity iced tea. After a little smashing, steeping and blending, we ended up with pitchers full of slightly sweet, summer fresh tea. We set out sugar and sweetener for those who wanted it, but I liked it just as it was–with lots of ice and a few berries and a sprig of mint to top it off.
BLACKBERRY ICED TEA
3 black tea bags
4 cups water
2 cups blackberries*
1/4 cup sugar
1 tab. mint leaves, chopped
2 cups cold water
more berries & mint leaves for garnish
In a large heat proof bowl, put in the blackberries, sugar and mint leaves. Blend them with a stick blender (or in a regular blender–or smash them to bits with a lot of pounding with a wooden spoon! — and then pour them in the bowl).
Then bring the 4 cups of water to a boil. Add the tea bags to the heated water and let them steep for 5 minutes. Then remove the tea bags and pour the tea over the berries.
Let the tea-berry mixture sit for 1 hour. Then pour it through a strainer to strain out the uncrushed berry bits/seeds.
Add 2 more cups of cold water, cover the bowl and set the whole thing in the fridge to chill. Serve the berry tea over lots of ice and garnish with each cup with a couple berries and a sprig of mint.
Makes about 8 glasses of very tea. Hope you like it!
*2 cups of berries is about 12 oz. (2 6 oz. packs)