Blackberry & Orange Iced Tea
Please note that 4 hour chilling time is not included in prep time.
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- jasmine tea bags
- water, cold
- 1 1/4 c
- blackberries ( frozen or fresh)
- 1/4 c
- orange juice, fresh squeezed
- 1/4 - 1/3 c
- sugar, white (or to taste)
- 1/2 c
- cup water, cold
- 1 Tbsp
- orange juice, for rimming glass
- 1 Tbsp
- sugar, for rimming glass
- orange slices ( garnish)
- mint sprigs ( garnish)
- ice cubes ( mixture of normal ice cubes, orange juice ice cubes and orange slice & blackberry ice cubes)
1Ice Cubes - For flavored ice cubes - freeze orange juice in ice cube trays.
2Now for the orange slices/blackberries ice cubes - place half a slice of orange and two blackberries in ice cube tray and fill with water -- freeze and store in plastic bag until ready to use.
3Steep teabags in 4 cups of boiling water for 3 - 4 minutes, then discard the teabags.
4Place tea on counter to cool.
5Don't allow tea to over steep, it will result in a bitter tea.
6In large pot, bring blackberries, juice, sugar and 1/2 cup water to boil.
7Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally until the blackberries break down.
8Next add the berry mixture to the tea.
9Now allow the tea and berry mixture to cool on the counter before putting into the fridge to prevent clouding in your tea.
10Once tea has cooled put in fridge to chill for 4 hours.
11Strain tea mixture and serve in a ice cube filled glass that you have rimmed with orange juice and dipped in sugar.
12Garnish with orange slice and mint.
13Close your eye’s, sit back on the deck and enjoy.
14Iced tea taste best when it is freshly made and will last for two or three