On my “to do” list for summer… develop a taste for iced tea.
I am a long time fan of hot tea, which I started drinking in college while studying in Ireland. When in Rome… you know.
But in summer I want something refreshing. This means cold, with volumes of liquid, lots of flavor, reasonable calories–and easy to prepare if course. Water? Good but dull. Lemonade? Great–if I have fresh lemons. Iced tea on the other hand is always available and has the added bonus of lots of antioxidants. But I had never quite warmed up to it.
Today, we finally got some more nice warm weather and I was looking through my pantry. Hmmm, blackberry syrup. Unopened and about two years old–guess that qualifies for my Kitchen Cupboard Spring Cleaning Challenge. Could I kill two birds with one stone?
I hit the internet for recipes and came across one for Blackberry Iced Tea. It called for making a syrup with blackberries and fresh mint (which we have in pots every summer). I decided to simplify it and use my syrup instead, tossing the mint in to steep with the tea rather than the berries.
The berry sweetness and light mintiness blended wonderfully with the flavor of the tea. On a slow day, I might actually try making my own syrup and I am confident that any berry-based syrup would be delicious in this.
Over two days, I made two pitchers which both mysteriously disappeared. Hey summer, I’m ready!
Blackberry Mint Iced Tea
Makes 4 servings
- 4 black or green tea bags or equivalent in loose tea (I used English Breakfast)
- 1 sprig of mint (I used peppermint), plus more for garnish if desired
- 1 1/2 c boiling water
- 1 large glass of ice
- 1/4 c blackberry syrup (or other fruit syrup)
- 2 c cold water
- Boil water then pour 1 1/2 cups over tea bags and mint sprig
- Let steep for about 5 minutes.
- Put a glassful of ice into a pitcher, then pour hot tea over this. Stir to cool
- Add 2 c of cold water and 1/4 cup blackberry syrup. Stir until combined.
- Serve over ice, garnished with a sprig of mint if desired.
Kitchen Cupboard Spring Cleaning Challenge Tally So Far…
- Vegetable (Hearts of Palm) Dip
- Super Simple Sugared Nuts
- Blueberry Lemon Sugar Muffins
- Rustic Rye Bread
- Beef Liver
- Onion Jam
- Sun Dried Tomatoes
- Blackberry Syrup