June is National Iced Tea Month … perfect timing for warm weather refreshment! Flavored iced teas are easy to make and a are a great way to add personal flair to this summertime beverage for entertaining.
Blueberry Mint Iced Tea
8 c. cold water
6 bags of good black tea (decaf. ok)
3/4 c. loosely packed fresh mint leaves, washed
3/4 c. raw sugar
7 cups ice cubes
3 c. fresh blueberries (or mixture of blueberries and blackberries), washed and stemmed
Frozen blueberries and ice cubes for serving
Lemon slices for serving
Fresh mint for garnish
1. Bring water to boil in a 4-quart pot. Add tea bags, mint leaves and sugar. Cover pot and remove from heat. Allow to steep for 20 minutes. Stir to make sure that sugar is completely dissolved.
2. Place 7 c. ice cubes into a 1-gallon pitcher. Strain tea into pitcher.
3. Place berries in a food processor and pulse until puréed. Press puree through sieve into tea. Stir until ice is completely dissolved and purée is incorporated into the tea.
4. To serve, fill glasses with ice cubes, frozen blueberries and lemon slices. Pour tea over ice. Garnish with mint.
More iced tea recipes …
Mint Simple Syrup recipe for adding to iced tea.