This recipe came about from the overflow of our blackberry crop this year. It’s very refreshing and delicious!
I love using loose tea leaves for brewing iced tea. Lipton sells theirs this way as well as in tea bags. My grandmother and Quinton’s used to make their tea this way and I think it tastes so much better. If you decide to use the loose tea leaves, then line a fine mesh strainer with a clean paper towel and strain the tea through to make sure to get rid of all the tea leaf debris. You can make it either way.
Blackberry Iced Tea
4 family size tea bags or 4 T. loose tea leaves
1/2 c. sugar
2 c. blackberry syrup
1/4 c. chopped fresh mint, optional
Brew tea according to package directions. Add mint leaves and let steep for 10 minutes. Pour tea through a fine mesh strainer into pitcher. Add syrup and sugar. Stir to dissolve. Fill with cold water; stir to combine. Serve cold over ice.
To garnish: Take small skewers and string on fresh blackberries. Add to glasses with a sprig of mint.
(If you don’t have homemade blackberry syrup, you can buy it bottled in brands like, Torani Blackberry Syrup)