Try this refreshing and flavourful berry iced tea, made with berry loose tea, ginger and berries. It’s the perfect special drink for a hot summer’s day.
Recipe commissioned by We Are Tea.
This berry iced tea is refreshing and bursting with flavour. I’ve taken berry tea and added fresh ginger to give it a subtle deep flavour, then some crushed mint leaves for a fresh taste. The results are a delicious iced tea that’s perfect on a hot summer’s day.
To compliment the berries in the tea, I’ve added fresh berries to the glass. You can enjoy the drink, then tuck into the fruit. A bit like Pimm’s! But I have another trick too. I like to make this and add frozen berries instead of ice cubes. They keep it cold and slowly melt, adding extra berry flavour.
Iced tea is a great way to stay hydrated. I’m from Canada where it’s much more commonly found, but it’s great that the joys of iced tea are reaching the UK now. Funny as this is such a nation of tea drinkers! You certainly don’t need caffeinated black tea for it either. Instead, I’ve used a delicious loose leaf berry tea (bags will work too). You get the flavour of the fruit tea, but in a new format – on ice.
I remember finding it odd that my mum often drank hot tea on boiling summer afternoons. I preferred to reach for a flavoured iced tea, chilled in the fridge. Peach, berry, mint – I loved them all. Now I enjoy making them at home as it’s super-easy and nice to keep in the fridge.
Making it yourself means you can control the sugar, and each glass of this recipe only has 26 calories. It’s healthier than cordial and definitely better than soda! Tastier too, with all the natural flavour of fruit.
You will need:
Berry tea (I used We Are Tea’s loose Super Berry Tea)
Sugar (optional, or swap to stevia or honey)
WE ARE TEA
I used Super Berry loose leaf tea for this drink recipe. I often get disappointed that fruity teas smell so good, but don’t have a lot of flavour. Well, this one has loads! It’s really tasty and is packed with berries, hibiscus, apple, orange and rosehips, so it’s caffeine-free, and full of antioxidants, but also a really tasty drink.
You know how they say not to cook with a wine you wouldn’t drink? Well the same goes for tea. A tasty berry tea will make this iced tea taste divine. This one from We Are Tea is a Great Taste Award winner so you know it will be delicious.
The We Are Tea Ethical Tea Partnership states, “Facilitating strategic sustainability projects, rigorous health and safety standards and increasing farmer’s resilience to climate change, this partnership makes us who we are.”
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Berry Iced Tea with Ginger and Mint
- 1 litre water
- 2 tbsp sugar (optional) or honey or other sweetener
- 1 inch piece of ginger (peeled and cut into five slices)
- 3 tablespoons of loose berry tea (or 3 tea bags; I used We Are Tea Super Berry)
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 10 raspberries
- 10 blueberries
- 5 strawberries halved
- 15 mint leaves
- ½ a lemon thinly sliced
- ice cubes
- Bring the water to a boil, add the sugar and ginger and stir until the sugar dissolves.
- Remove from the heat, add the tea and allow to steep for 5 minutes.
- Strain out the leaves and ginger over a bowl and allow the liquid to cool and stir in the lemon juice.
- Taste for sweetness. If you’d like it sweeter, dissolve a little sugar in hot water and add to the tea. If you’d like it more tart, add a little more lemon juice.
- Add the ice to a large jug or into glasses, along with the fruit and mint leaves lightly crushed to release their flavour. Pour in the cooled tea and serve chilled.
Disclosure: This berry iced tea recipe was commissioned by We Are Tea. Thanks for supporting the brands that make it possible for me to be a UK food blogger.