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Very Berry Iced Tea

Easy Very Berry Iced Tea

On a hot summer day, there’s nothing better than a tall glass of iced tea. The very berry iced tea recipe is easy to make, and we have fun trying out different tea and fruit combinations.

We love ordering Starbuck’s Very Berry Hibiscus tea in the summertime, but don’t love the price tag. So, we thought we’d try recreating this very berry iced tea recipe at home. Turns out you can make a whole pitcher of iced tea for the price of one cup. You can also make a big batch and savor a cup every afternoon for a week from the comfort of home.

It’s easy to control the level of sweetness in your iced tea recipe. We typically match a batch of simple syrup (all you have to do is boil sugar until it dissolves). Converting sugar into a syrup first just makes it easier to dissolve in cold iced tea, so you’re not stirring until your arm falls off. Then we’ll sweeten our iced tea pitcher lightly, and put the remaining simple syrup in the fridge. Since the chef likes his tea sweeter than I do, he can just add some more syrup to his tea when he’s ready to enjoy.

For the “berry” part of this iced tea recipe, we enjoy using freeze-dried strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries. The convenience of freeze-dried berries is that you can keep them in your cupboard and not have to worry about them going bad. However, you can definitely use fresh summer berries as well if you have them on hand. 

We also have a shaker which makes it easy to mix together the berries and tea. However, you can just as easily use a spoon to swirl the berries and tea in a cup, if that’s what you have available. The shaker just makes me feel a little bit like James Bond as I’m making this refreshing iced tea recipe at home.

Very Berry Iced Tea

Ingredients

Harney and Sons Pomegranate Oolong Iced Tea
1/2 cup sugar
Freeze dried strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries

Instructions

1
Brew the iced tea following the tea box instructions. For the Pomegranate Oolong tea, place tea bag in pitcher and add 2 cups boiling water. Steep for 15 minutes and then fill with 6 cups of cold water/ice. Remove tea bag.
Iced Tea
2
If you would like your tea sweetened, make a simple syrup. Add 1/2 c. sugar and 1/2 c. water to sauce pan. Bring to boil and then let cool. Add the syrup to the tea until it reaches the desired sweetness.
Simple Syrup
3
Now it’s time to make your iced tea become a “very berry” iced tea. Add a cup of the tea to a shaker, then add a small amount of freeze dried berries. We like to use blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries.
Mixed Berries
4
Shake tea in the shaker. I like how this tea transitions from yellow to a nice shade of pink once the berries are added.
Shake Tea
5
Pour the tea and berries over ice and enjoy!
Very Berry Iced Tea
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