Refreshing blueberry iced tea with a twist that's sure to make your guests feel special! Made cold brew with fresh blueberries and lemon juice, black tea, a hint of mint, sugar and water. Looking to step up your iced tea game this summer? Then check out out this recipe and don't forget to save it to your Pinterest board to make later.
Sorry I've been m.i.a lately. But we were in the process of moving from the midwest back to the east coast.
And we are finally back to DC! FYI, moving in the summer heat is no joke. I'm so glad the 17 hour drive is over and the move is over! And I can't wait to get back to blogging!
Now about this blueberry drink. I've been experimenting with different flavors of fruit flavored iced tea. And that's how I came up with this recipe. That you HAVE to try!
I won't blame you if you drink the whole pitcher. It's that good. It's is so refreshing but even more refreshing when you add mint.
When I was a kid my grandmother used to always add it to her sweet tea. It was so good and refreshing. I used just a bit of mint in this recipe because it reminds me of my childhood.
And lastly, you can use whatever fruit you like. If you don't like blueberries then use strawberries or blackberries or even watermelon. Just remember, if you use another fruit, you may need to add more or less sugar.
HOW TO MAKE IT (THE COLD BREW WAY).
A unique twist on traditional iced tea. This cold brew iced tea will quench everyone's thirst.
1) In a sauce pan over medium high heat, add ½ cup of water and 2 cups of fresh blueberries. Once boiling cook for about 3 minutes.
2) Mash all of the blueberries as they cook. Pour the mashed fruit juice in a fine strainer into a bowl.
3) Use the back of a spoon to squeeze the blueberry juice into the bowl
4) Pour the strained blueberry juice, the lemon juice, the rest of the water and mint leaves into the pitcher.
5) Mix very well then add the tea bags. Refrigerate for 7-24 hours.
6) Pour ice into each glass then the blueberry juice.
HOW TO MAKE BLUEBERRY ICED TEA ON THE STOVE-TOP
1.) In a saucepan over medium high heat, add the blueberries, sugar and water. Let it come to a boil and cook for 3 minutes. Mash all of the blueberries as they cook.
2.) Pour the mashed blueberries into strainer into a bowl. Use the back of a spoon to squeeze the liquid into the bowl.
3.) Using the same pot over medium high heat add the water. Let it come to a boil. Add the black tea bags. Steep for 5 minutes. Pour the tea, the blueberry juice, the remaining water, lemon juice and fresh mint into the pitcher. Refrigerate overnight. Serve with lots of ice.
How do you make your iced tea? What kind of fruit do you use? Leave your answer in the comments. I'd love to know!
Blueberry Iced Tea with Lemon and a Hint of Mint
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
- 2 cups sugar This is up to you. Add less or more sugar if necessary.
- juice of one lemon
- 7 ½ cups water divided
- 3-4 fresh mint leaves
- 4 black tea bags
- In a sauce pan over medium high heat, half of the water and 2 cups of fresh blueberries. Once boiling cook for about 3 minutes.
- Mash all of the blueberries as they cook. Pour the mashed fruit juice in a fine strainer into a bowl.
- Use the back of a spoon to squeeze the blueberry juice into the bowl.
- Pour the strained blueberry juice, the lemon juice, the remaining water and mint leaves into the pitcher.
- Mix very well then add the tea bags. Refrigerate for 7-24 hours.
- Pour ice into each glass then the blueberry juice.
HOW TO MAKE BLUEBERRY ICED TEA ON THE STOVE-TOP1.) In a saucepan over medium high heat, add the blueberries, sugar and water. Let it come to a boil and cook for 3 minutes. Mash all of the blueberries as they cook. 2.) Pour the mashed blueberries into strainer into a bowl. Use the back of a spoon to squeeze the blueberry juice into the bowl. 3.) Using the same pot over medium high heat add the water. Let it come to a boil. Add the black tea bags. Steep for 5 minutes. Pour the tea, the blueberry juice, the remaining water, lemon juice and fresh mint into the pitcher. Mix well. Refrigerate overnight. Serve with lots of ice. Make in ADVANCE: This recipe tastes waaaay better if you make it hours in advance. I like to let the flavors mingle in the fridge for about 7 hours to overnight. Fresh or Frozen Blueberries: I've used both fresh and frozen blueberries. Feel free to use either but you should use fresh blueberries. They taste a lot better in this particular recipe. Tea bags: I like to use Luzziane.
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I'm a little confused about the stove top instructions for #3. You say add water to pot bring to a boil and add tea bags I'm thinking you are talking about the remaining 7 cups of water until I read further down and you say add remaining water. What remaining water?
Hi Jackie! Sorry about that. I've updated the recipe.
Sorry, need to clarify me earlier comment. The recipe calls for 2 cups of sugar but in the instructions it does not mention sugar, but it is mentioned in the stove top notes. I am wondering if 2 cups of sugar is really necessary,
You can add less sugar if you like Meg. Also, feel free to use less blueberries as well. These type of drinks are pretty easy to customize. Some like less sugar some like more..some like less blueberries and some people like more. After you've added your preferred amount of sugar and you've mixed everything together, if it's still not sweet enough, add a bit more sugar. I hope I answered your question.
What a fabulous summer drink! I love that you have used fresh berries and added mint! I can imagine how divine this tastes!
Delicious. Half a glass of this blueberry tea & half a glass of lemonade makes a wonderfully refreshing afternoon beverage. We have enjoyed the combination with some Irish whiskey for an evening cocktail around the firepit, too! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Sounds very interesting Susan! I have to try that next time. Thank you!
Hey April!! Its so crazy..I was not getting your posts in my email (for a while now) so I just re- entered my email to join.. but im glad I finally realized it and did... this looks very refreshing... now that I've given up my soda kick and drinking more teas.. this I have to try!!
Hi Jamala! I'm not sure why that happened. Glad you joined! I don't drink soda as often as I used to but I need to quit it once and for all. This blueberry iced tea is way better than soda plus you can control the sugar. Hope you give it a try! Thanks for stopping by!
I love iced tea. So refreshing and soothing on a hot summer day. This one sounds great! Never tried this cold brew method. I will definitely try this.
Perfect summer treat. what a great combination and looks refreshing too. Lovely pics.
Thank you so much!
I love making blueberry mint lemonade, but mixing it with black tea is brilliant! Can't wait to try this recipe out now that it's so warm out!
Jenni this is one of my favorite summertime drinks! Everyone in my household loves it. It's so refreshing! I hope you try it out! Thank you!
Oh, I'm a huge fan of fresh mint, so I'm all about this iced tea! And I love the blueberry addition, especially during the summer. Perfect summer drink!
It's one of my favorite summer drinks! Thank you Amanda!
I can literally feel how refreshing this tea is. It's getting really hot so I could definitely use this recipe. And those blueberries though - yum!
I’ve never made iced tea the cold brew way, but it sounds so easy and perfect. The blueberry mint flavor must be fantastic!
This is just what I need this summer. It's promising to be really hot, so a good refreshener like this will be a blessing. I particularly love the mix of blueberries and mint - they go so well together! 🙂
I drink tea all day long and the blueberry tea looks refreshing. I need to definitely brew a pitcher. May try the strawberry flavor.
Thank you so much Jere! Hope you like it!
I love fresh mint in my tea and this blueberry iced tea looks like the perfect way to cool off during a hot summer day.
Thank you Kelly! I love it. It's so refreshing.