Blackberry Tea. My husband calls it my ‘signature drink.’ I do serve it often. I serve it on special family occasions and on holidays. I serve it when I have dinner guests. And in the Summer, I keep a gallon made in the refrigerator, just for us, and for when friends drop by. I served it Easter dinner and my guests (and family) loved it. My friends were surprised to find out I make it with real blackberries! Now, I ask you, what else would one use to make blackberry tea? And in the winter, I use frozen blackberries from grocery store freezer section.
It’s easy to do, if you know how to make Sweet Southern Iced Tea.
This Blackberry tea recipe makes a gallon. You can easily half it to make a 2 quart pitcher.
To make Blackberry Tea, begin by making a 2 quart pitcher of Sweet Southern Iced Tea. I usually make both at the same time. Separate pots. Set Sweet Southern Iced tea aside when it’s made.
In a pot, add 6 cups of cold water. Place 4 cups of fresh or frozen blackberries the water plus 2 single Lipton teabags. Bring the water barely to a boil and lower heat to just barely simmering. Simmer 10 minutes. Allow to steep for 15-20 minutes. (Or longer, if you’re busy)
Add 1 cup of cold water to another 2 quart pitcher. Add 2/3 – 1 cup sugar to the water. Stir. Pour the blackberry juice through a strainer and into the pitcher of sugar water. Fill the pot of blackberries with additional water until the pitcher is full. (I like to refill the pot of blackberries again with a cup or two of water and allow to steep until after our meal, then I strain the juice again, into the pitcher… )
Next take a gallon pitcher and combine the pitcher of Southern Iced Tea with the pitcher of sweetened, blackberry tea juice. I have a gallon jar I like to use and keep in my refrigerator.
You can thank me later….
- 2 quarts of Southern Iced Tea
- 4 cups of blackberries, fresh or frozen
- 1 cup of sugar (or 2/3 cup)
- 2 Individual Lipton Tea bags
- additional water
- To make Blackberry Tea begin by making a pitcher of Sweet Southern Iced Tea. see recipe. Set aside.
- In another pot, add 6 cups of cold water. Place 3 cups of fresh or frozen blackberries the water and 2 single tea bags. Bring the water to a boil and lower heat to just barely simmering. Simmer 10 minutes. Allow to steep for 15-20 minutes.
- Add 1 cup of cold water to a 2 quart pitcher. Add 1 cup sugar to the water. Stir. Pour the blackberry juice through a strainer and into the pitcher of sugar water. Fill the pot of blackberries with additional water until the pitcher is full. (I like to do this again and add more juice later after some of the tea is gone…)
- Add 2 quarts of Sweet Southern Iced Tea to a gallon jar/jug/pitcher. Next add the sweetened, blackberry tea juice. Combine and serve. You may use two pitchers if you don't have the gallon jar. I make a large making at a time, because we love it and it keeps several days. And if you have company, they will love it too…