23 May 2017

Triple Berry Iced Tea Recipe

The triple berry iced tea recipe is perfect for hot summer days.  It's made from fresh berries, so it doesn't have preservatives or artificial flavors. 

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.

We had our first cookout of the season with the new grill.  The kids all love grilled burgers, so that's what we made  

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.


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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.

You can freeze your own berries or buy frozen berries from the store.  This berry iced tea recipe is also yummy with just one type of berry.  I suggest raspberry or strawberry.

If I don't make this triple berry iced tea recipe, then I made my Instant Pot sweet iced tea recipe.


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 bags
  • 2-3 cups fresh or frozen berries

DIRECTIONS

STEP #1 


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.


STEP #2


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




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Triple Berry Iced Tea
This berry iced tea is refreshing on a hot summer day.
Ingredients
  • 8 1/4 cups divided water
  • 2/3 cups or to taste sugar
  • 5 Lipton tea bags
  • 2-3 cups fresh or frozen berries
Instructions
1. 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.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 gallon


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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.