Blackberry Mint Iced Tea

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On my “to do” list for summer… develop a taste for iced tea.

Blackberry Mint Iced Tea

Blackberry Mint 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.

Brewing in Art Deco Tea Pot

Brewing Tea

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?

Mint and Blackberry Syrup

Mint and Blackberry Syrup

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 Tea with Pitcher

Blackberry Mint Tea with Pitcher

Blackberry Mint Iced Tea

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. Boil water then pour 1 1/2 cups over tea bags and mint sprig
  2. Let steep for about 5 minutes.
  3. Put a glassful of ice into a pitcher, then pour hot tea over this. Stir to cool
  4. Add 2 c of cold water and 1/4 cup blackberry syrup.  Stir until combined.
  5. Serve over ice, garnished with a sprig of mint if desired.
Blackberry Mint Iced Tea Served Outdoors

Blackberry Mint Iced Tea Served Outdoors

Kitchen Cupboard Spring Cleaning Challenge Tally So Far…

  1. Vegetable (Hearts of Palm) Dip
  2. Super Simple Sugared Nuts
  3. Blueberry Lemon Sugar Muffins
  4. Rustic Rye Bread
  5. Beef Liver
  6. Onion Jam
  7. Sun Dried Tomatoes
  8. Eggs
  9. Dates
  10. Carrots
  11. Blackberry Syrup
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25 Comments

  1. That should quench the greatest thirst!

    • Thanks Freeda. Now that (our very late) summer seems to be arriving, I am looking forward to trying more new summer beverages!

  2. I love hot tea, but like you have never quite warmed to iced tea. I recently bought an infusion pitcher from The Republic of Tea which makes awesome flavored water and soon I need to try it with tea!

    • Hmmm, flavored water could be another answer to my summer beverage dilemma. You should consider a post on this (sometime when you and the pitcher are in the same state…)!

  3. I have never developed a taste for sweet tea but would enjoy this without sugar.

    • I thought that the fruit syrup added a more natural tasting light sweetness–perhaps that has been my problems with iced tea in the past…

  4. Cheers Inger! Enjoy! I made Applemint Tea today. The stuff is growing like crazy with all these downpours. It might help that I have it planted right by the gutter spout, lol…

    Thanks for sharing, Inger…

    • I hope yours isn’t threatening to take over the whole yard, like ours seems to be trying to do! At least I was smart enough to do the mint in a pot at our “cabin up north”

      • I got the Apple Mint from Katie so she warned me about how aggressive it could be so I planted it by the gutter. Unfortunately, I have a Lemon Mint plant in the garden mound and it is taking over everything! I’ll be digging it up in the Fall!

  5. Inger, this is another winner! I would love to make some of this tea. Just need to hunt for some blackberry syrup.

    • Thanks, Kathy! Are there any local farm stores near you? I was just at a family business where they have asparagus, eggs, apples in fall, etc and they had a whole bunch of homemade fruit syrups–I kept wondering what else I should try (isn’t blogging dangerous sometimes 😉 )

  6. regular iced tea isn’t for me, but i do love a flavored batch. this one has a lovely hue and i think i’d like it very much!

  7. We are huge fans of iced tea at my place. Yours looks so refreshing that I’m now hankering for some cool, icy tea right away.
    My favorite is Rooibos tea, with a squirt of lemon and sweetened with honey. I make this, cool it and leave it in the fridge and my kids love it.

  8. Oh, I love the idea of blackberry ice tea! I drink ice tea all summer, and am always looking for ways to change it up a bit! Very nice!!

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  10. This is great! Will give this a try soon. Thanks for sharing this refreshing tea 🙂

    • Since I wrote this, we also tried it with my homemade strawberry syrup and that worked well too. I am so happy to have a alternative to soft drinks and juice that everyone likes!

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