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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Summer Tea - 3 Ways

If you don't know, I'm from the South.

And being from the South what do we like? 
Yep, Sweet Tea. 
Usually the sweeter the better.

For the summer I thought it would be fun to create a few fruity spins on sweet tea. I actually misled you in the title of this post. I'm actually going to post 4 tea recipes. My recipes for 2 fruity concoctions I created myself, and my classic sweet tea, and one that isn't my own but I want to share with y'all. My classic recipe "Cat's Southern Sweet Tea" will be at the bottom. 

I totally made up all these recipes on my own except for the Blackberry one which Bobby Flay rocked and I 100% thank him for creating cause it is yum!!

I present:

::: Strawberry Mint Tea ::: Blackberry Bourbon Tea ::: & ::: Raspberry Lemonade Tea :::

2 cups strawberries hulled and quartered
1 cup sugar
3 1/4 cup water
5 teabags

Mix together the strawberries, sugar, & 1/4 cup water in saucepan and cook over medium high heat about 5 mins until warmed through and strawberries are softened. About 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir in 10 mint leaves. Let sit at room temperature to cool 20 mins.

Heat 3 cups of water in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat and steep 5 teabags for about 5 minutes.
Discard the tea bags and pour tea in with strawberry mixture. Let sit at room temperature about 45 mins to meld flavors together. 

Strain mixture into a pitcher and top off with cold water. serve over ice with strawberry and mint leaves for garnish.

3 cups fresh blackberries
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
6 tea bags

Combine the blackberries, sugar and chopped mint in a large bowl and mash with a potato masher. Let sit while making the tea.

Bring 1 1/2 quarts cold water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat and add the tea bags and let steep for about 3 minutes. Remove the tea bags and pour the tea over the blackberry mixture. Let the mixture sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour to let the flavors meld.

Pour the mixture through a strainer. Serve chilled with a shot of bourbon floating on top. Garnish with mint if desired.

3 tea bags
1/2 can frozen lemonade concentrate
1 cup fresh raspberries
1/2 cup sugar
3 cups water (plus 2 cans)
1/3 cup raspberry sorbet
raspberries and lemon slices to garnish

Put your raspberries in a bowl and pour the 1/2 cup sugar on top. Mix in 1/2 cup warm water. Mash well with potato masher. Set aside for about 30 minutes.

Heat 2 cups of water in a small saucepan until almost boiling. Remove from heat and steep the teabags in it for about 5 minutes.

In your pitcher, scoop in 1/2 can of the frozen lemonade. (Save other half of lemonade mixture for regular lemonade or another use) Mix 2 lemonade cans of water with your lemonade in pitcher. Add in the 1/3 cup raspberry sorbet. 

Once tea is ready pour into pitcher and discard the tea bags. Strain your sugary raspberry mixture into pitcher. Stir well to mix flavors. Serve with slices of lemon and fresh raspberries on top.

::: Bonus Recipe :::

Cat's Southern Sweet Tea
8 tea bags
1 1/3 cup sugar


Heat some water in a medium saucepan with tea bags in it until almost boiling. When it starts to get frothy on top take it off the heat. Let steep for 20 minutes. Add sugar into pitcher with just enough water to cover it. Pour in tea and mix well to dissolve sugar. Top off pitcher with water. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving for best taste!

**Note: These recipes are for a 2.25 quart pitcher.

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  1. oh sweet tea my favorite!!! Its so hot in Georgia right now dang

  2. i have been thinking about making tea- and sweet tea is my absolute fav! :)