Raspberry Iced Tea

With all the beautiful raspberries we’ve picked the past month, I decided to take my favorite cold sweet tea to a new level of delicious. I made Raspberry Iced Tea. And it’s absolutely heavenly.

Unlike many of the flavored teas offered on menus these days, with cloying sweetness and distinctly unnatural flavor additions, this iced tea shines brightly with true berry flavor. And because I find mint in my tea irresistible, I coaxed some fresh garden mint to mingle with the raspberries, adding a layer of subtle coolness.

I think this is about the most perfect glass of flavored iced tea. With its ruby red gorgeousness, warmed by sun-kissed summer berries and cooled by refreshing mint, it beckons me to slow down. Way down.

And isn’t that what a glass of tea is truly all about?

Raspberry Iced Tea

Yield: about 8 cups

Ingredients

  • 3 c. fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1 T. chopped fresh mint
  • 1 pinch baking soda
  • 2 c. boiling water
  • 6 tea bags (regular Lipton tea or your favorite black tea)
  • 6 c. cold water

Preparation

In a medium bowl, combine the raspberries and sugar, crushing the berries with the back side of a wooden spoon. Stir in the mint and set aside.

Sprinkle baking soda into heat-proof pitcher. Pour in boiling water and add tea bags. Let steep for 15 minutes. Discard tea bags. Pour tea into raspberry mixture and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.

Line a colander with a layer of cheese cloth and place it over a large bowl. Pour the raspberry tea mixture through the cheesecloth. Bind up the cheesecloth and press on it with the back side of a wooden spoon to squeeze out all the delicious raspberry juice. Discard the cheesecloth with the solids. Pour in cold water. Transfer raspberry tea to the pitcher and bring to room temperature. Refrigerate until cold. If you like your tea sweeter, add sugar as desired.

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26 Responses to “Raspberry Iced Tea”

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    Paula — July 25, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I had the pleasure of attending a tea party with two lovely young ladies last week, ages 8 and 6, hosted by the 6 year old. She served her blueberry muffins and raspberry iced tea and the iced tea was a delicious as her muffins. I love your recipe!

    • Brenda replied on July 27th, 2012 at 10:57 am

      That makes me smile. What a sweet party.

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    Rose — July 25, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Where did you get the super cute polka-dot straws used in your photos? They look like they’re paper, which I’ve been searching for.

    • Ayshela replied on July 25th, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      paper straws are all over Etsy. If you haven’t checked there I highly recommend that you do! I don’t know of brick and mortar stores that carry them, but there are many sources online.

    • Brenda replied on July 27th, 2012 at 10:56 am

      Hello Rose – I ordered mine from Amazon, but a quick online search will bring up many other suppliers as well.

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    Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — July 25, 2012 at 11:52 am

    You photos are SO fantastic, I’m getting really envious! I don’t even drink tea, and I want some of this because the photos are so gorgeous!

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    Kristen — July 25, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Oh my goodness… those pictures are so stunning!!

    • Brenda replied on July 27th, 2012 at 10:55 am

      Thank you, Kristen – have a great weekend!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — July 25, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Mmm the perfect summer treat!

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    Chrissy — July 25, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    This looks like the perfect refreshment on a hot summer day. I love how natural the ingredients are and how pretty the color is!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — July 25, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    This looks so refreshing, beautiful photos. Wish I had a glass right now!

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    Becca-cookie jar treats — July 25, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Such a beautiful color this ice tea is. And it looks so refreshing too. :)

    • Brenda replied on July 27th, 2012 at 10:55 am

      I LOVE the tea’s color, too – pure raspberry goodness! :)

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    Mercedes — July 25, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    This is making my mouth water! I wish I had a pitcher of this tea in front of me right now!

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    Maria — July 27, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Great drink for summertime!

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    Amanda — July 30, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Looks so vibrant and refreshing!

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    Sweetsugarbelle — August 1, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    I Could get lost in your photos Brenda!!!! Again, just WOW!

    • Brenda replied on August 2nd, 2012 at 2:19 pm

      Thank you, Callye. I’ve come a long way. And I have a long way to go!!! :)

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    Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out — August 9, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    How did you know I’m in love with fruity iced tea??? Love this so much.

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    Peggy — August 16, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    I haven’t had a glass of tea in ages! This definitely looks like a bright and tasty rendition =)

    • Brenda replied on August 18th, 2012 at 10:38 am

      Thank you, Peggy! :)

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    Shyma — April 8, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Can I asky why did you put a pinch of baking soda in the jug before you steep the tea?

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    Margie — July 18, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    This is delicious! My little girls and I had a blast making it today. It was a little sweet for us so we added more tea and water. We also mixed the pulp with some vanilla yogurt and froze it for ice pops that we enjoyed after dinner. Thank you for this recipe!

    • Brenda replied on July 30th, 2014 at 8:36 am

      Awesome! Thanks for coming back to let me know!

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