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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

VARIATIONS ON A THEME OF ICED TEA



I live in England where not a lot of iced tea is consumed, although it is slowly becoming more popular. Funnily enough, the first place I encountered iced tea here was in London at a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown - go figure!

Back in America, June is National Iced Tea Month, so what better way to celebrate than breaking out the ice cubes and brewing up something a bit more creative than just tea and water.

 Blackberry Iced Tea

Doesn't the above picture look refreshing?!
 

4 family size tea bags or 4 T. loose tea leaves
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. chopped fresh mint (optional)
Water

Brew tea according to package directions.
Add mint leaves and let steep for 10 minutes. 
Pour tea through a fine mesh strainer into pitcher.
Add syrup and sugar.  Stir to dissolve.
Fill with cold water; stir to combine. 
Serve cold over ice.
 
To garnish:
Take small skewers and string on fresh blackberries.  
Add to glasses with a sprig of mint.

 Do you have a favorite 'special' iced tea recipe?? 


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