June 15, 2012

Blueberry Iced Tea

We love all kinds of fruit, especially blueberries, and we go through iced tea like crazy in the summer time!  Well, after trying this awesome blackberry tea recently, I thought blueberry would be great!  So I came up with this recipe.  This will make a gallon-you can either add up to 12 cups of cold water to your pitcher or if I have enough ice, I'll do a combination of ice and water to cool it down quickly.  Well, my sweet blueberry girl couldn't wait to drink this!  It was actually mine but it was the least I could do for her helping out with the photo!  :)  Mint would also taste great in this-just add with the blueberries when you're cooking them.

2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 cup water
1 cup sugar
4 cups boiling water
10 regular tea bags
about 12 cups cold water

In a small saucepan, combine the blueberries and water.  Cook over medium-low heat about 5 minutes, until berries start to release their juices.  Pour through a fine mesh strainer into a small bowl.  Crush berries with the back of a spoon, through the strainer, and discard the solids.  Add the 1 cup of sugar to the hot blueberry juice, stirring until completely dissolved.  Set aside.  Heat 4 cups water in a tea kettle or microwave; add tea bags and let stand for 5-10 minutes.  Discard tea bags.  Pour hot tea into a plastic gallon pitcher (glass may break).  Add blueberry mixture, stirring well.  Continue filling pitcher with ice or up to 12 cups cold water.  Stir well and refrigerate.

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