Blueberry Iced Tea

July 11, 2018mayurisjikoni

EVENT: A-Z CHALLENGE

THEME: A DISH BEGINNING WITH THE LETTER B

Before I go into my usual story telling mode, I have to explain to you what the A-Z challenge group is all about. Every alternate month the participants make a dish with the  relevant letter. The group was started in May by Jolly Makkar and Vidya Narayan. The first letter was A. For July we have to post a recipe with the letter B.  I have chosen to use blueberries.

The past few days in Montreal have been unbearably hot. Many states towards the Eastern side are experiencing a heat wave where temperatures are rising to 34°C but it feels so much hotter than that. A couple of days ago we went out as I needed sandals (the only pair I had broke). If it were India, we’d comfortably come out to shop in the evening but here the shops close at 5p.m. so had no choice but to walk in the heat. Most part of the avenue had trees but no breeze at all. At traffic lights hubby and I were looking for shady spots, till we could cross the road. By the time we got home, I had to take a cold shower to cool down. Yesterday, I refused to come out of the apartment as the heat was like a blast from the hot oven. Just a few seconds out in the balcony and I thought my skin would burn. In the middle of the night there were thunderstorms and it rained a bit. However, the weather just became more humid.  Today turned out to be a much cooler day with temperatures between 18-21°C and a cool breeze too. What a change. Tomorrow and the rest of the week is going to be hot again.

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Hot weather means that when my son comes home he is looking for really cold drinks. I sometimes make chaas, sometimes a fresh juice or iced tea. With berries in season, I had to make iced tea using them. I actually had a blueberry squares recipe jotted down to make for letter B, but baking in this hot weather was out of the question. I made blueberry iced tea instead and it was a hit with the family.

Easy to make, I simply love the colour. Blueberries appear greyish blue but when pureed or cooked, it turns into a magenta colour – purplish red.  Blueberries and lemon pair pretty well. Adding mint was just to add more flavor to the iced tea.

As this post goes live, nearly 50 people have died in Montreal because of the heatwave. Its been mainly people who are immobile and old.

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BLUEBERRY ICED TEA

Serves 6

1 cup fresh blueberries

5 cups cold water

1 cup boiling hot water

3 tea bags

10-12 mint leaves

3-4 tbsp sugar

a generous pinch of salt

3-4 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp lemon zest (grated lemon rind)

ice cubes

  1. Add mint leaves and tea bags to the boiling hot water. Cover and let the mixture infused for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Strain the mixture to remove the mint leaves and tea bags.
  3. Add the black tea into a big jug/pitcher.
  4. Add blueberries into a blender jug with 1 cup water from the measured amount.
  5. Puree the blueberries.
  6. Add the blueberry puree to the black tea mixture.
  7. Add the remaining water, sugar, salt, lemon zest and lemon juice.
  8. Mix well and refrigerate the iced tea for 2-3 hours.
  9. Add ice cubes into serving glasses and pour the blueberry iced tea over it and serve.

 

Tips:

  • Use berries of your choice.
  • Can use frozen berries for this recipe.
  • I used Kenyan Tea which has quite a strong flavor, use tea according to your taste.
  • Use honey, maple syrup or a sweetener of your choice.

 

A little note:

If you do try this recipe then please either

  • add a comment below,
  • send a picture to my email mayuri.ajay.patel62@gmail.com
  •  tag me as #mayuri_jikoni on Instagram
  • or tag me on Twitter as #Mayuri1962

 

You may want to check out the following Iced Tea recipes:

Blog post
passion fruit iced tea
watermelon iced tea
Blog post
lemongrass and mint iced tea

 

Sending this recipe to the following event:

A to Z challenge, a challenge initiated on Facebook Group, wherein a group of bloggers come together and we choose key ingredients alphabetically to cook and post a dish every alternate month.. This month’s Alphabet is ‘B’ and I decided to make Blueberry Iced Tea.

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36 Comments

  • theyellowdaal

    July 11, 2018 at 7:42 am

    I just love ice tea’s and this is almost inviting me☺

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 25, 2018 at 4:10 am

      Thank you Avin.

       
  • The Girl Next Door

    July 11, 2018 at 8:29 am

    This looks so inviting! 🙂 Love the idea of using berries in iced tea.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 25, 2018 at 4:10 am

      Thanks Priya.

       
  • mencanmakehomes

    July 11, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Thats a WoW one !

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 25, 2018 at 4:10 am

      Thank you so much.

       
  • Nisa @ FlavourDiary

    July 12, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    lovely n perfect share dee for summer.. this year in scotland too we had very high temperatures in summer compared to last 4yrs

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 25, 2018 at 4:09 am

      Thanks Nisa, the heatwave is all over the temperate zone.

       
  • Priya Suresh

    July 12, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    Even Paris is getting hot nowadays, am sure this chilled iced tea will definitely please our tastebuds, what an excellent thirsty quencher.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 25, 2018 at 4:08 am

      Thanks Priya. Do try it.. its very cooling.

       
  • Vidya Narayan

    July 20, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    That is quite a harsh sun there! Apt choice of making iced teas for that terrible weather out there. Berries is something I never get tired of eating and when husband travels abroad, only thing I ask him to carry back are berries for my munching. Loved that gorgeous colour and cheers to that refreshing drink!

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 25, 2018 at 3:58 am

      Thanks Vidya. I went mad this time making iced teas with berries and chaas as it was so hot.

       
  • JollyHomemadeRecipes

    July 22, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Very refreshig thirsty quencher, who can resist to this fabulous drink. perfect way to cool off on a hot day. Loved it!!

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 25, 2018 at 3:56 am

      Thanks Jolly.

       
  • Aruna

    July 22, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    Yes the weather is nuts all over the world. This year Mumbai had a rather tame summer compared to recent years but is more than making up with a wet wet wet monsoon. Yet temperatures remain high. Reminds me of those monsoons in tropics that western writers whinge about. 🙂

    Bookmarked this tea to try in October when temperatures will soar again.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 25, 2018 at 3:55 am

      Thanks Aruna, talk about freaky weather all over the world. Nairobi is much colder and spent a month of heatwave in Canada. Mombasa is so much cooler.

       
  • Renu Agrawal Dongre

    July 24, 2018 at 12:12 am

    This is new to me and would love to try this iced tea. Awesome

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 25, 2018 at 3:52 am

      Try it out Renu as you get plenty of blueberries. Its cooling and delicious.

       
  • Seema Doraiswamy Sriram

    July 24, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Oooooo so pretty and yes the sun being so strong its better to have something nice to drink.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 25, 2018 at 3:51 am

      Thanks Seema. And the heatwave still continues.

       
  • Ankita

    July 25, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    Love to try this recipe. From my childhood i luv the smell of tea but don’t like to drink tea. But when i first introduce to green tea and ice tea i feel in love with them. So your recipe is in my list now..

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 25, 2018 at 10:21 pm

      Thanks Ankita.

       
  • code2cook

    July 31, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Really great, I love munching on blueberries but could not think of making ice tea with that. Looks like I should give it a try once. Looking fantastic.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 31, 2018 at 3:52 pm

      I too love munching on blueberries and make the most of it when I’m in UK or Canada as we don’t get them in Mombasa. Try it, its so cooling.

       
  • Preethi Prasad

    August 5, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    I just love fruit teas. Blueberry iced tea has a beautiful colour and i am sure it tasted yum.Perfect thirst quencher anytime.Loved the use of salt in the tea.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 5, 2018 at 11:52 pm

      Thanks Preethi it was the perfect drink for the hot summer.

       
  • poonampagar

    August 13, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Never used blueberries in making tea.Would love to give this a try sometime.Thanks for the share di .

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 22, 2018 at 10:09 pm

      Thanks Poonam, the drink is refreshing and tasty.

       
  • Batter Up With Sujata

    August 28, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    Blueberry iced tea sounds so refreshing and delicious. Loved the colour of the drink. Bookmarking it to try later. lovely share.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 28, 2018 at 11:08 pm

      Thank you so much Sujata.

       
  • Anshu Agarwal

    August 28, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    This is looking so amazing.Love to have a glass full of this any time of the day..awesome share Mayuri 🙂

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 28, 2018 at 11:08 pm

      Thank you so much Anshu.

       
  • Jayeeta

    September 3, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    All kind of berries are cute and lovable…..and your blue berry iced tea looks really inviting….

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 3, 2018 at 11:14 pm

      Thank you so much Jayeeta.

       
  • Amrita

    September 18, 2018 at 5:06 am

    Looks so refreshing and colourful! Remembering happy summer days,chairs under a parasol,giggling and laughter!

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 18, 2018 at 5:17 pm

      Thanks Amrita,now you must be heading towards winter.

       

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