23 May 2017

Triple Berry Iced Tea Recipe

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I love summer.  I love the carefree, lazy days with a schedule that isn't so busy.  I love being able to be outside in the sunshine, playing with the kids.  But what I love the most is summer food.  We have a large garden and an orchard, so we have fresh fruits and vegetables all summer.  There is nothing better than fresh grown produce on your table after spending hours working outside.

Summertime cooking also means that I can pass along the cooking chore to my husband, who loves to grill.  I prepare some cold sides earlier in the day, and he grills the meat for dinner.  Since I'm done with my cooking, I can sit outside and relax while he grills.  One of my favorite summer drinks is this triple berry ice tea recipe.

Triple Berry Iced Tea Recipe


Although summer isn't here quite yet, our schedules are winding down for the year.  I got my husband a new grill for Father's Day this year and gave it to him a little early, and we wanted to fire it up to play with our new toy.  While I was at Giant Eagle doing our weekly shopping, I picked up some of their Certified Angus Beef Gourmet Burgers in bacon cheddar.


We love the bacon cheddar burgers because they have chunks of cheese and bacon all throughout the burger and not just laid on the top.


I also picked up Lemon Lemon Sparkling Lemonade for some more drinks since we would be outside most of the evening.  I got Lipton Tea 100 ct to make my triple berry iced tea recipe and some frozen berries since ours aren't in season.  For an easy dessert, I picked up Pepperidge Farm Farmhouse Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies.


Triple Berry Iced Tea Recipe


This recipe is fairly versatile because you can make it with any berry, fresh or frozen.  In the summer, I make this with our fresh or frozen home grown berries.  We have an everbearing golden raspberry that is amazing in this recipe.  I'm out of frozen berries for the year, so I am using a frozen triple berry mix with raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries that I picked up at Giant Eagle.


Ingredients

  • 8¼ cups water, divided
  • 2/3 cups sugar or to taste (I usually cut this in half or omit and sweeten each glass as needed)
  • 5 Lipton Tea 100 ct bags
  • 2-3 cups fresh or frozen berries

Directions


Boil 4 cups of water to make your tea.  When the water is boiling, stir in the sugar to dissolve it.  Then turn the heat off and add the tea bags.  Let steep for 8 minutes.  Discard the tea bags and add 4 cups of cold water.


In another saucepan, add the fresh or frozen berries and ¼ cup water.  Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer.  Strain the berry mixture with cheesecloth.  Add the berries to the tea.  Serve over ice.


Sometimes I add more berries to the iced tea because it looks pretty and gives it a little boost of flavor.

Our new grills works perfectly!  I definitely enjoyed my bacon cheddar burger without having to fry bacon separately or bring out cheese to add to the burgers.


What's your favorite summertime drink recipe?  Be sure to check out the Giant Eagle Pinterest page for more inspiration.

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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.