Berry Infused Iced Tea

This Berry Infused Iced Tea is going to be my new beverage of summer! Brewing up your own fresh tea is so super simple and tastes so much better than those instant powder drinks. Even the fresh berry juice is simple to make, and a perfect use for those farmers market berries! You can certainly use any berry combo you like, I happen to have raspberries and blackberries on hand often so that is what I used. Strawberries and blueberries would be really fun to try too! I’ve seen fresh herbs used to infuse flavors as well, like strawberry basil!

I like this recipe because it’s not overly sweet, and you could certainly even use less sugar if you aren’t into sweet tea. I love the combo of lemonade and iced tea, it’s like summer in a glass to me. I add the juice of one lemon to this that gives it just the acidic punch it needs to balance the sweetness and berries.

If you’re anything like me…you’ll be making these into cocktails! My go-to summer drink is lemonade, iced tea, and vodka. It’s super refreshing, and the perfect beverage to sip on the deck, the boat, the golf course, or just about anywhere you’re enjoying your summer!

Another favorite cocktail of mine are these Ginger Pear Martinis. I’ve had version of this cocktail in many local restaurants and played around with it at home until it was just right!

Cheers to summer!

Berry Infused Iced Tea

Course Drinks
Servings 8 cups
Author Laura Doerr

Ingredients

  • 8 1/2 cups water divided
  • 5 tea bags
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 cups raspberries
  • 2 cups blackberries
  • juice of 1 lemon

Instructions

  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan. Stir in the sugar until dissolved. Remove from heat and add the tea bags. Steep for 6-8 minutes. Discard tea bags.

  2. In a separate saucepan add the raspberries, blackberries, and 1/2 cup of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 3-5 minutes stirring and mashing occasionally. Strain the mixture into a medium heat proof bowl. Discard the pulp and seeds.

  3. In a pitcher combine the tea, berry juice, juice of 1 lemon, and an additional 4 cups of water. Stir, chill, and serve over ice.

Recipe Notes

Make it a cocktail and mix with your favorite vodka.

Garnish with fresh berries or lemon wedges.

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