This raspberry iced tea recipe makes a delightful thirst-quencher for outdoor summer parties! You’ll love its earthy and fruity flavor combination. Make a pitcher or two of freshly brewed raspberry iced tea to go with your pork barbecue and peach summer salad for a refreshing cool drink.
Tips on Making Raspberry Iced Tea
You will be delighted with the sweet and slightly sour flavor of raspberries in your iced tea. Time to skip the store-bought ones, as we’ll be teaching you how to make raspberry tea at home like a pro.
- Brew the black tea right. Let the hot water reach a rolling boil (200 to 212 degrees F). Then, pour the water to agitate the leaves. This technique gives maximum infusion that makes the tastiest black tea. Do not go beyond the steep time, though, or it becomes bitter.
- If you want a milder flavor, use green tea instead of black. In the same way, herbal teas like chamomile blend well with the raspberry flavor too. Take note that different kinds of tea have different brewing times and temperatures. So, be sure to check package instructions.
- Use fresh or frozen unsweetened raspberries. Best to throw in a handful of fresh ones that will look pretty for garnish.
- Make it ahead for tomorrow’s picnic or just so you have a ready homemade iced tea in the fridge. Only add the ice right before serving so that the flavored tea will not be watered-down.
- Add fun sinkers like boba pearls, pomegranate seeds, chia seeds, or this fancy wine jelly.
How To Make Raspberry Iced Tea
Made with real freshly brewed black tea and fresh raspberries. Enjoy this sweet and refreshing raspberry iced tea.
Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a large pot or tea kettle.
Remove it from heat, add in tea, and cover immediately.
Allow the tea to steep for 3 to 5 minutes only.
Remove the teabags and let it cool.
In another pot, boil the remaining 3 cups of water together with sugar and raspberries.
Once boiling, turn the heat down to low. Allow it to simmer for 10 minutes.
Take the pot off the heat.
Mash the raspberries using a fork or potato masher. Let cool.
Strain the raspberry liquid using a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth.
Combine the raspberry liquid and black tea together in a container. Mix well.
Adjust the tea's flavor as desired with additional syrup.
Add ice cubes and serve at once. Cheers!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is raspberry tea good for you?
Yes! Both the raspberry fruit and tea leaves contain good amounts of nutrients and antioxidants. You can make raspberry iced tea even healthier by using a sugar substitute like Stevia, Xylitol, and agave.
Why is my iced tea bitter?
Tannin or tannic acid is a chemical responsible for giving the tea dark color, slight bitterness, and dry mouthfeel. Over-steeping and squeezing the tea bags cause more tannins to be released, making the tea taste bitter.
Summer or not, you will surely enjoy this freshly brewed raspberry iced tea. Make some for your summer outdoor barbecue or have it ready in the fridge for a refreshing tea anytime.
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