Rachel Cooks

Blueberry Mint Iced Tea

I think a drink like this epitomizes summer. Fresh mint, flavorful blueberries, and icy cold tea. I haven’t always loved iced tea, but I’ve really been craving it this summer. Maybe it is these insanely warm days that we have been having.

This iced tea starts with a mint simple syrup. Once you have that going, you’ll puree your blueberries and push them through a strainer so you’re left wit a beautiful bluish-purple juice. Add that to the iced tea and enjoy!

Blueberry Mint Iced Tea
A NotRachaelRay original

For the Mint Simple Syrup
(Will likely make extra, unless you like your tea really sweet)

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cup of loosely packed mint leaves, roughly chopped

For the Blueberry Puree

2 cups of fresh blueberries, washed
8 oz. cold water

For the Iced Tea
32 oz of cold water
4 cold brew tea bags

1. For the mint simple syrup, combine ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Continue to boil for a 2-3 minutes until sugar is all dissolved. Remove from heat. When slightly cooled, pour through a strainer to remove the mint leaves.

2. Meanwhile, purée 2 cups of blueberries with one cup (8oz.) of water in a food processor. Strain mixture through a fine mesh strainer so you have a thin(ish) juice.

3. Prepare the iced tea using 32 oz. (or more) of cold water and 4 (or more) cold brew tea bags. You can also make iced tea with regular tea bags. Whichever way you prefer. The cold brew type just speed things up a bit. Plus I got some for my birthday, inside of the best thermos ever
(Thanks sister and brother-in-law!).

4. Mix the blueberry purée, iced tea, and mint simple syrup (start with a little, you can always add more), with plenty of ice. Stir, taste, sweeten as needed, and enjoy!

Verdict: Good stuff! Sweet, flavorful and ice-cold. Perfect.
Husband’s take: A bit on the sweet side for him. Whoops, someone (me) has a sweet tooth!
Changes I would make: None!
Difficulty: Easy!

   

11 Responses to “Blueberry Mint Iced Tea”

  1. mariscallahan@gmail.com — August 10, 2011 at 6:51 am

    I love the new header! This looks like the perfect summer refreshment!

  2. Baker Street — August 10, 2011 at 7:28 am

    So refreshing. Perfect for a summery afternoon. I could use a glass right now.

    New header looks great Rachel!

  3. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — August 10, 2011 at 7:47 am

    I hvae some mint going crazy on my back porch right now…looks like some tea is in order :) Actually I am experimenting with teas this week too- so perfect timing!! :)

  4. Mal @ The Chic Geek — August 10, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Sounds delicious and refreshing!

  5. Christina @ This Woman Cooks! — August 10, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Beautiful photos Rachel. I’d love a nice glass of iced tea. Blueberries are my favorite fruit!

    I like your new look!

  6. mjskit — August 10, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Rachel – This looks delicious and perfect for the heat we’re having! Great idea!

  7. Vicki Bensinger — August 10, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    I love iced tea and blueberries. In fact I’m sitting here drinking raspberry iced tea right now and had blueberries with my breakfast this morning so this combo sounds great and refreshing with that touch of mint. thanks for sharing.

  8. Autumn @ Good Eats Girl — August 10, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    This sounds awesome! And your pics are GREAT!!!

  9. Nelly Rodriguez — August 11, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Looks so refreshing!!!

  10. Geni — August 11, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    What a gorgeous, delicious and refreshing drink for the sweltering days of summer. And what a fabulous way to use seasonal fruit.

  11. Jessie — April 14, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I just ordered some blueberry tea last week. I’ve never had it. Yours looks great!

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