I’m currently dreaming of fresh farmer’s market berries and herbs. Local produce always tastes so much fresher and more flavorful, it’s hard to imagine why someone would pass up the farmer’s market experience for a trip to their nearby grocery store.
This blackberry orange mint iced tea utilizes several delectable and fresh ingredients that you can easily find at your local farmers market.
It’s such a great feeling to support a local farmer. To shake the hand of the person who picked your dinner is a memorable experience. Unfortunately for me, my local farmer’s market does not open until mid June.
For the next two months, I will have to make do with my local grocery store selection, as well as whatever I can grow here at the house I’m renting. I’m planning to start growing some mint, as soon as the weather warms up a bit more (chocolate mint is my favorite, mmmm).
Last year my mint plant grew fantastic, and I had wayyy more mint than I could use. Someday soon, I’ll start a series of blog posts on my container gardening adventures.
I definitely have lots of plans this year for recipes involving mint, starting with this one. This iced tea recipe is so refreshing – orange, blackberry and mint all infused together make for a stellar flavor combination.
I just love simple recipes like this one – so easy to customize based on your preferences. Add as much sugar as your like. Really enjoy blackberries? By all means, add twice the amount!
I hope you guys enjoy this one. I know I will definitely be making this one quite often this spring and summer. Let me know if you give this one a try, and how you customize it if you do!
Blackberry Orange Mint Iced Tea
- 2 quarts water
- 8-10 black tea bags
- Juice of 4 oranges
- 8 oz. oz. fresh blackberries crushed or blended to release juices
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup Sugar (to taste)
- 1/4 cup chopped mint leaves
- Heat water until boiling. Remove from heat and steep tea 5-10 minutes. If desired, mix in sugar while still warm.
- Let tea cool 1 hour.
- Mix in orange juice, crushed blackberries and mint leaves. Let steep for at least 30 minutes, or until ready to serve. If desired, use a coffee filter or fine strainer to separate mint leaves and blackberries from tea.