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!