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Best Blackberry-Lemon Iced Tea Recipe


Blackberries and lemons are a classic flavor combination, and they brew perfectly into a fresh, delicious tea. Use less sugar for a healthier brew that's still bright and sweet.

Read more about Making the Best Iced Tea.


  • 2 Cups fresh or frozen blackberries, divided
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1/8 Teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ Cup of loose black tea or 12 tea bags
  • 12 Cups of water, divided
  • Juice of one Meyer lemon


In a large, heat-proof container, combine 1 ½ cups blackberries and sugar. Muddle until thoroughly smushed (yes, that’s a technical expression). Add thyme and baking soda, then six cups boiling water. Let the tea steep six minutes, then strain and discard the tea leaves or remove tea bags.

Fill a pitcher partway with ice, then pour in six cups of cold water, Meyer lemon juice, and the tea, stirring with a long-handled wooden spoon to combine.
Add a blackberry or two to every glass before serving.