Flavored iced teas are the quintessential refreshing summer drink. Perfectly sweet, but not too sweet, this delicious homemade blueberry iced tea is made with fresh blueberries and black tea. Easy to prepare in advance, it is ideal for your next picnic or BBQ.
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Summer is all about porch time. Sitting back with a glass of your favorite fruit tea (mine is blueberry tea... obviously) and enjoying the view. Of course, you can also make a blueberry version of this delicious fruity lemonade recipe or bask in a homemade lemon soda.
This recipe only uses a few ingredients, making it perfect for lazy summer days.
This iced tea uses our blueberry syrup recipe for both the blueberry flavor and the sweetness. It can be made with fresh or frozen berries. I suggest making a double batch because it only takes 20 minutes and keeps in the refrigerator for up to two months.
I tested this recipe by making a blueberry iced tea recipe with crushed blueberries and sugar, but it did not work. It required significantly more refined sugar to get the sweetness and didn't have much blueberry flavor. Using our syrup is definitely the easy way to go.
We like this recipe with black tea. Nothing fancy, just easy and approachable. You can also use green tea. We used bags for this recipe. But bulk tea works too, just be sure to use the equivalent of 6 bags.
Lemon & Mint
While not required, the lemon and mint add an additional layer of flavor. The mint enhances the refreshing quality of the iced tea. While the lemon brightens up the overall flavor.
Bring 5 cups of water to a boil. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Steep 10 minutes.
Discard tea bags. Pour the tea into a pitcher. Add the blueberry syrup, stirring until totally incorporated. Add the remaining 3 cups of water.
Chill for a minimum of one hour. Serve with lemon slices and mint leaves.
📖 Flavored Iced Tea Tips
To be honest, iced tea is pretty easy to make. But here are a few tips to ensure the perfect blueberry tea:
- When making a fruit-flavored iced tea, always strain fruit syrup (or the final tea product before serving, depending on the recipe). You don't want seeds or skins floating in your tea.
- Use quality tea, but not fancy expensive blends, that you like as regular brewed tea. Regardless of what you add, flavor or sweetness, the tea will always be the predominant flavor.
- We always recommend using filtered water for tea and coffee drinks.
- Allow the tea to rest so the fruit flavor is spread throughout.
Blueberry Sweet Tea
To increase the sweetness of the tea, make a simple syrup rather than adding straight sugar to your tea.
To make simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar is totally dissolved. Cool and add to tea or cocktails, as needed.
🌡️ Storing Leftovers
This tea, like all iced tea recipes, can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days in a pitcher. Be sure to cover.
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Blueberry Iced Tea
- 6 Black tea bags
- 8 cups Filtered water, divided
- ¾ cup Blueberry syrup
- Lemon slices, mint for garnish
- Bring 5 cups of water to a boil. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Steep 10 minutes.6 Black tea bags, 8 cups Filtered water, divided
- Discard tea bags. Pour the tea into a pitcher. Add the blueberry syrup, stirring until totally incorporated. Add the remaining 3 cups of water.¾ cup Blueberry syrup
- Chill for a minimum of one hour. Serve with lemon slices and mint leaves.Lemon slices, mint
- Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan, except vanilla extract. Crush blueberries lightly and bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes. Blend and strain the sauce. Stir in vanilla.½ cup fresh blueberries, ¼ cup granulated sugar, ¼ cup water, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, ¼ teaspoon vanilla
- The Blueberry Syrup recipe has options for straining and not straining. Be sure to strain the syrup before adding to the tea.
- The tea will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days, be sure to cover the pitcher.