Best Blackberry-Lemon Iced Tea Recipe

Best Blackberry-Lemon Iced Tea Recipe
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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.

12
Servings
306
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
12g
17%
Sugar
12g
13%
Saturated Fat
5g
21%
Carbohydrate, by difference
43g
33%
Protein
6g
13%
Vitamin A, RAE
16µg
2%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
278mg
28%
Choline, total
17mg
4%
Fiber, total dietary
4g
16%
Folate, total
165µg
41%
Iron, Fe
11mg
61%
Magnesium, Mg
25mg
8%
Niacin
4mg
29%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
119mg
17%
Selenium, Se
27µg
49%
Sodium, Na
79mg
5%
Water
188g
7%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Blackberry Shopping Tip

Sharon Tyler Herbst of The Food Lover's Companion says to “look for plump, deep-colored berries sans hull.”

Blackberry Cooking Tip

Blackberries are best kept in a single layer in the refrigerator and should be used within 1-2 days of purchase.