Cool off with a tall ice-cold glass of Mulberry Iced Tea made with green tea and fresh mint leaves. If you can't find mulberries, make this with blackberries or blueberries instead.
There are few things that I enjoy more on a hot summer day than a homemade iced tea. Yes, I would rather cool off with an iced tea than with ice cream or popsicles!
I don't like most store-bought iced tea or iced tea mixes because they are too sweet (even the 'less sweet' ones are way too sweet), so my options are going out to a coffee shop and trying to explain to them what ratio of sweetened to un-sweetened iced tea I want to get the perfect amount of sweetness, or simply making my own.
I choose to make my own. This way I have total control of the amount of sugar, the type of sugar, the type of tea I use, and what flavors I add.
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This mulberry iced tea has just the right amount of fruity flavor without being overpowering and has the most gorgeous color from the fresh mulberry syrup (get the recipe here: Mulberry Syrup). The syrup takes just a few minutes to make and will last for at least a month in the fridge if stored in covered glass jar. Mulberry syrup can be used to flavor iced tea, hot tea, or poured over pancakes. Try it over my farmer's cheese pancakes!
It's super easy to make iced tea at home, so we always have a jar or a pitcher of iced tea in the fridge during the summer.
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Some variations for this mulberry iced tea:
If you can't find fresh mulberries, or are not up for making syrup, you can make this iced tea using fresh blackberries or blueberries. You'll need about a cup of fresh berries to make 4 glasses of iced tea. This will give the iced tea the same intense berry color and lots of fresh flavor.
If you decide to use fresh berries instead of syrup, you can try different sweeteners for this iced tea, such as honey or agave syrup instead of sugar.
I also add mint leaves to the tea as I am brewing it. To be honest, I'm not 100% sure the mint flavors come through, but I like having mint leaves floating around in my tea, it feels fancy. If you want, you can use a handful of mint leaves and muddle them up with a mojito muddler (such as this one). Then steep them in hot water with the tea, to give this iced tea a more minty flavor.
Try different types of green tea for this recipe, such as Jasmine green tea, lemon green tea, or mint green tea.
You can also add a squeeze of lime or lemon juice to the iced tea. Play around with this mulberry iced tea recipe and see what you like best!
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Mulberry Iced Tea
- 3-4 green tea bags
- 4 cups water
- Optional: mint leaves, or fresh lemon or lime
- ½ cup Mulberry syrup , or more to taste (see notes for using fresh Mulberries instead). Click link for the mulberry syrup recipe.
- Boil 4 cups water. Steep the green tea in a heat-safe bottle or bowl. Optional: Add a few mint leaves to the tea as it steeps, or add a squeeze of lemon or lime juice. Add mulberry syrup, to taste, and stir. Chill, and serve over ice.