Blackberry & Orange Iced Tea

Recipe by Baby Kato
READY IN: 20mins
SERVES: 4
YIELD: 4
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 3
    jasmine tea bags
  • 4
    cups water, cold
  • 1 14
    cups blackberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 14
    cup orange juice, fresh squeezed
  • 14 - 13
    cup sugar, white (to taste)
  • 12
    cup water, cold
  • 1
    tablespoon orange juice, for rimming glass
  • 1
    tablespoon sugar, for rimming glass
  • 4
    orange slices (garnish)
  • 4
    mint sprigs (garnish)
  • 20
    ice cubes (mixture of orange juice ice cubes and water & orange slice & blackberry ice cubes)
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DIRECTIONS

  • Ice Cubes - For flavored ice cubes - freeze orange juice in ice cube trays.
  • 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.
  • Steep teabags in 4 cups of boiling water for 3 - 4 minutes, then discard the teabags. Place tea on counter to cool.
  • Don't allow tea to over steep, it will result in a bitter tea.
  • In large pot, bring blackberries, juice, sugar and 1/2 cup water to boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally until the blackberries break down.
  • Next add the berry mixture to the tea. Allow the hot tea to cool on the counter before putting into the fridge to prevent clouding in your tea.
  • Once tea has cooled put in fridge to chill for 4 hours.
  • Strain tea mixture and serve in a ice cube filled glass that you have rimmed with orange juice and dipped in sugar.
  • Garnish with orange slice and mint. Close your eyes, sit back on the deck and enjoy.
  • Iced tea taste best when it is freshly made and will last for two or three days.
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