Have you ever had blackberry iced tea? I love all kinds of tea, but this one is definitely one of my favorites! I am excited to share with you!
Refreshing, Low-Calorie Blackberry Iced Tea
First and foremost, I wanted to say that this has been my most-viewed post ever!! Thank you to everyone for visiting my lil old blog! 🙂
Spring will soon arrive, which means Summer will be arriving before long! Or, maybe it's just that I am tired of the grey skies and cold days and I am just sitting here dreaming of summertime. And because I am so desperate for Summer these days, I feel like anytime is the perfect time to get started on your sweet tea drinking. If you want to add a new, fruity version of sweet tea to your repertoire, check out our favorite tea recipe!
Do you want to cool down with a refreshing, low-calorie summertime drink?
HOW TO MAKE REFRESHING BLACKBERRY ICED TEA
We live on about an acre and every year in late summer we end up with an overabundance of blackberries on our property. I have a love/hate relationship with these blackberries as I hate those thorns and wow do they like to grow, however, they are so yummy! They actually act as the border for one side of our property. We trim them back often, but during mid-summer right when they are blooming they look beautiful with all of the white flowers. Anyway….back to the overabundance topic. I am always looking for ways to use them up.
My kids and I go out and pick them in the mornings before it gets too hot during the summer days. We eat lots of them of course, but we also freeze lots of them for later use in smoothies and milkshakes as well, but right when we pull them off the vines we make our family-famous blackberry iced tea! Here is what I do to make this delicious and refreshing beverage:
- First, combine 2 cups of fresh blackberries and 3/4 cup Sugar. Combine together and either mash or puree in a food processor. We prefer to taste the fruit pieces in our drink so I simply mash ours with our fruit masher.
- Mix with 1 gallon of unsweetened Ice Tea (I used Lipton Tea this time, but I also really like it with the Lipton Green Tea)
- Serve over ice, garnish if desired and enjoy!
When I made these, I used Tall Glass Beer Steins, but I have since switched to this awesome Mason Jar Set! It is so cute for serving tea to guests! There is just something about Iced Tea in a mason jar that makes me smile and think about my time visiting family in the South. 🙂 We have this tea on hand often during the Summer months, but I ALWAYS serve either this or this Strawberry Iced Tea during our Summertime BBQs and it's always a hit! (If you need some tips on throwing an awesome BBQ, check out this post).
We just had a new home put on our property and I plan on having lots more summer BBQ's since I am so excited to show it off. I'm thinking about getting these sweet Beverage Twin Dispenser with Ice Bucket Base for serving this tea.
I also like to enjoy it on the road and when I do, I always use my Hydroflask. (If you haven't tried Hydroflask yet, you are missing out! Cold drinks for hours and hours and sometimes even days)
Even my husband loves this blackberry iced tea and he is not a tea drinker!
*45 calories per 8 ounce serving.
For full transparency, I don't like super sweet drinks, so you may think this needs more sugar. I love this as is though because it's sweet and fruity and simply tastes like summertime. I am really working on my health and fitness right now too so this is perfect for enjoying a delightful beverage without a bunch of empty calories. I have spent a lot of time in the south though and I know how people love their sweet iced tea. So, feel free to add as much sugar as you wish! It’s all about personal taste! 🙂