Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Blueberry Blackberry Iced Green Tea

This is a refreshing tea. I used Splenda in place of the sugar. I didn't strain the blueberries and blackberries until the tea was almost gone. Next time I think I will use a hand blender on the berries and then strain them before adding the tea.
Blueberry Blackberry Iced Green Tea

12 oz blueberries
12 oz blackberries
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup sugar Beth used Splenda
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 quarts boiling water  
About 1 more quart of water and ice 
6 green tea bags

In a medium sauce pot, combine blueberries, blackberries, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and sugar. Set heat to medium, mix and cover the pot with a lid.

Bring mixture to simmer and lower the heat to medium-low. Let the mixture cook, stirring often, for about 15 minutes. (Be careful so that the mixture doesn't over-run. Leave a little crack in the lid so the heat can escape.)  Take off heat and mash. 

Bring 2 quarts of water to boil and turn it off.  Beth did this in the microwave.Steep 6 green tea bags until strong tea is reached, about 15 minutes.  After desired strength is reached, take out the tea bags. Pour into a gallon pitcher.

Stir the blueberry-blackberry mixture into the tea. Let it cool to room temperature.  Add water and ice to make a gallon.

Transfer the tea to a pitcher with a lid and refrigerate until cold and ready to serve.  Serve it cold or over ice.

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