This blackberry iced tea with mint is a fun take on traditional iced tea. It uses fresh blackberries, fresh herbs, and green tea.
What do you do when you have a giant carton of blackberries in your fridge? You eat them with delicious cream. Or you make this blackberry iced team with mint.
Recently, Josh made a giant pitcher of iced green tea, so I decided to try out the combination of blackberry and tea. And I gotta say, I'm a fan.
This drink is pretty simple to make. Just muddle blackberries and mint in the bottom of a glass, add ice cubes, pour some iced tea and a touch of simple syrup over the top, stir, and add garnishes. Voila!
- Iced green tea (decaf or full-caff)
- Simple syrup
Where to get fresh mint?
Fresh mint is easy to find! I typically keep some growing in my backyard garden. Mint also does really well growing in a windowsill garden in a pot.
If you don't have a green thumb, you can just buy mint leaves from the store! You can find them in the refrigerated produce section.
What type of green tea to use
Use what you have! I don't like to use anything with additional flavorings. Just a clean green tea taste so the blackberry and mint can shine through in the recipe.
Can you use black or herbal tea?
For the blackberry mint iced tea, you can use black or herbal tea, but the same recommendations apply. Use something without a lot of added flavorings.
Why use simple syrup?
Simple syrup has the sugar already dissolved in the water so that you don't get the grittiness you would get if you just added sugar to a cold drink. It's so easy (and cheap!) to make at home. Find our simple syrup recipe and instructions here.
If you want an unsweetened blackberry mint iced tea, you can absolutely just leave the simple syrup out.
- Swap out the blackberries for strawberries or raspberries for a different flavor.
- Add a little sparkling water for a bit of bubbly and fizz.
- Use a different herb like basil or thyme leaves.
- Add some chia seeds.
How to make blackberry iced tea
First, prep your ingredients. Slice up some lemon.
Add your blackberries and mint to a lowball or medium glass. Muddle together with a cocktail muddler or end of a wooden spoon so that you get something resembling a puree.
Next, add ice cubes.
Add simple syrup to the glass. Pour your green tea over the ice cubes, and then stir to combine! Garnish with a lemon slice, fresh blackberries, and fresh mint.
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Blackberry Iced Tea
- ¾ cup iced green tea
- 4 large blackberries
- 3 mint leaves plus more for garnish
- 2 teaspoon simple syrup
- ½ slice lemon
- In a tumbler or glass, muddle together 3 blackberries and 3 mint leaves.
- Add cubes of ice to the glass.
- Add the simple syrup and top with the iced tea.
- Stir with cocktail stirrer or straw so tea, simple syrup, and blackberries are mixed together.
- Top with lemon slice, blackberry, and additional mint, if desired.
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