Blackberry Iced Tea

A blackberry simple syrup blended with iced tea makes the perfect summertime drink. This recipe makes a pitcher for sharing with friends.

A recipe for blackberry iced tea with just the right amount of sweetness and fresh fruit flavor. A blackberry syrup made from scratch ensures a smooth and delicious drink.

2 mason jars filled with blackberry sweet tea on ice

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Why you’ll love this recipe

Everyone loves a nice pitcher of sweet tea for sharing on the porch in the summer. And when blackberries are in season they’re the perfect way to flavor a simple tea. (You’ll love blackberry lemonade too if it’s berry season!)

It might seem tedious to make the blackberry syrup but it just takes a few minutes.

You can mix this up in the morning while it’s still cool outside and have it chilled and ready that afternoon.

What you’ll need

tea bags, sugar, fresh lemon, fresh mint, and fresh blackberries on marble surface

For The Blackberry Syrup

  • 3 cups blackberries frozen is fine
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water

For The Iced Tea

Optional Garnish

  • lemon wedges
  • fresh mint
  • additional blackberries

You’ll also need a heat-proof pitcher (meaning it won’t crack if you pour in boiling water), a strainer, and medium saucepan.

Step by step blackberry iced tea

make the blackberry syrup

process shots of making blackberry simple syrup: blackberries cooking down and being strained

Okay my friends. This won’t take long, and there aren’t many ingredients. It’s easy!

Start by placing the blackberries, sugar, and water for the syrup in a medium saucepan. Let it come to a simmer over medium heat until the berries start to break down. They will change color to a deep-reddish purple and be easy to smash. This will take about 10-15 minutes.

Strain the syrup to remove all the seeds and pulp from the berries. (There won’t be much flavor left in the berry flesh, so don’t feel about disposing of it!)

Let it cool while you make the sweet tea.

Brew the Iced Tea

tea bags in pitcher of hot water and cold water being poured in

Place the tea bags in your pitcher and start boiling 6 cups of water. Pour the boiling water on top of the tea bags and give them a stir.

Let them steep for 3 minutes and then remove them. Pour the cold water in, and the blackberry syrup. Mix everything well and pop it in the fridge to cool.

Serve over ice, garnishing with fresh lemon, more berries, and mint, if you’d like.

red and white gingham napkin with 2 mason jars filled with blackberry tea
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close up view of glass of blackberry sweet tea

Southern Blackberry Sweet Tea

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A blackberry simple syrup blended with iced tea makes the perfect summertime drink. This recipe makes a pitcher for sharing with friends.
Prep Time:30 mins
cooling time:4 hrs
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Ingredients

For The Blackberry Syrup

  • 3 cups blackberries frozen is fine
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water

For The Iced Tea

  • 3 family sized tea bags Luzianne brand recommended
  • 6 cups hot water
  • 6 cups cold water

Optional Garnish

  • lemon wedges
  • fresh mint
  • additional blackberries

Instructions

Make The Syrup

  • Combine the syrup ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and allow to cook until the blackberries become softened and bright purple, about 15 minutes.
  • Strain the syrup into a medium bowl. Set aside to cool while you make the tea.

Make The Tea

  • Place the tea bags in a heat-proof pitcher.
  • Bring 6 cups of water to a boil. Pour over the tea bags and allow to steep 3 minutes, then remove and discard.
  • Pour 6 cups of cold water into the pitcher of tea. Add the blackberry syrup and mix thoroughly.
  • Place the pitcher in the fridge to chill 4 hours, or until very cold. Serve over ice with fresh lemon slices, whole blackberries, and mint leaves.

Notes

This is delicious mixed with lemonade for serving, like a blackberry Arnold Palmer!
If you can’t find family sized tea bags, use 9 regular tea bags.
We like Luzianne teea, but Lipton will work just fine!

Nutrition

Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 88mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 116IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: blackberry iced tea, blackberry sweet tea
Servings: 8 glasses
Calories: 168kcal
Author: Katie Shaw
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Enjoy your lemonade!

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