Mixed Berry Ice Tea

Mixed Berry Ice Tea

A new recipe for Try it Tea Tuesday!

This admittedly was supposed to be a Raspberry Ice Tea but my raspberries have not ripened and I had a hard time getting a hold of some in time for this recipe.

So Mix Berry Iced tea recipe for this week  it is!

But don’t worry  I will be revisiting this recipe with fresh raspberries once by bushes are ready!

Ingredients and Tools

You will need….

A pitcher, sauce pan, strainer

Tea ( Multiple Methods)

Brewing with Hot Water:

  • Black or Green Tea ( 3 tea bags or loose leaf tea for 2 Cups of water)
  • 2 Cups of Water
  • 4 cups of Ice

Cold Brew:

  • 2-3 Cups of Cold Brewed Tea

Sun Tea Brewing:

  • 2-3 Cups of Sun Brewed Tea

Mixed Berry/Raspberry  Syrup

  • 2 cups of water
  • 3 tablespoons of white sugar (feel free to add more sugar if you like it sweeter)
  • 2 cups of frozen Mixed Berries (mine was a mix of strawberries, black berries and raspberries)  or you can do 1 cup of fresh raspberries

Directions

For Tea (Multiple Methods)

  1. Heat water to desired temperature and steep the tea for desired amount of time. (Follow specified directions for your tea) This can be done with a tea pot, kettle or on the stove.
  2. Set aside to cool once tea has been steeped and removed.

OR

  1. You can Cold Brew the tea (See Blog post about how to cold brew)

OR

  1. You can also us tea that has been Sun Brewed (See Blog Post about Sun brewed tea)

For Mixed Berry/Raspberry Syrup

  1. To make the syrup, combine water, sugar and mixed berries or raspberries  in the sauce pan.
  2. Bring the fruit to a boil and then low heat to simmer for another 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the syrup from heat and let cool.
  4. Strain the fruit from the Syrup.

Combine:

  1. Once both the tea and syrup have cooled, combine and add ice and fresh fruit (if preferred)
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Going Further

 I went a step further to test which tea I thought tasted best with the mixed berry syrup.

I tried the syrup with green, black and raspberry leaf tea.

I brewed up each of the teas adding the syrup to them once they were brewed and cool.

I found the  raspberry leaf tea, lacked the flavor and the syrup over powered the tea. I am curious what it would taste life with fresh raspberry leaves… I am likely going to make another blog post about it. The fresh leaves brewed are much stronger and the tea certainly has more of a kick to it. See the Blog post here of harvesting the leaves.

The green tea with the syrup was pretty good as well, but again much like the raspberry leaves the syrup was a bit over powering.

I think my vote goes to the black tea, it is easier to brew strong without getting bitter and it held up to the strong flavor of the syrup.