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Blackberry Sweet Tea from Southern Living

Posted on: May 12, 2011

This week a made a batch of Southern Living’s blackberry sweet tea. I thought I’d be sweet {pun intended} and pass along the recipe.

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Blackberry Sweet Tea

  • 3 cups fresh or frozen blackberries, thawed
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • Pinch of baking soda
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 2 family-size tea bags
  • 2 1/2 cups cold water
  • Garnish: fresh blackberries

Combine blackberries and sugar in a large container, and crush with a wooden spoon; stir in mint and baking soda.

Pour 4 cups boiling water over tea bags; cover and steep 5 minutes. Discard tea bags.

Pour tea over blackberry mixture; let stand at room temperature 1 hour. Pour tea through a wire-mesh strainer into a large pitcher, discarding solids. Add 2 1/2 cups cold water, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cover and chill 1 hour. Garnish, if desired.

This is a super, super, super easy recipe. If you’ve ever made sweet tea, it’s as easy as that. However, I will say this: as I’m not a big fan of sweet tea, I’m not really a big fan of flavored {cold} tea. The blackberries give the tea a tartness, that I wasn’t in love with. I think you could easily remedy this by cutting back on the amount of blackberries used, or increase the sugar. BUT, Jonathan loved the tea, it was certainly tasty and it made me realize how incredibly easy it is to make flavored teas. I’m planning to experiment with mangos, because that does sounds yummy.

Do you like sweet tea? How about flavored tea?

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10 Responses to "Blackberry Sweet Tea from Southern Living"

Yummm…that sounds delicious! Where would I find family sized tea bags? The only tea I’ve ever made is sun tea, using regular iced tea bags in a sun tea container filled with water as it sits in the sun for a while.

Ok, wait…I’m confused. Are the tea bags already filled with tea herbs? Like the store bought boxes of black tea? Sorry…I should totally be wearing my “airhead hat” today. 🙂


I’m not a huge fan of sweet tea, it’s usually too sweet. So this recipe sounds like it might be right up my alley. I’m glad it’s not sun tea because (as I’m sure I’ve mentioned) there isn’t much sun here this spring. Mango tea sounds lovely!

Sarah, this looks awesome! I want to find a place where I can pick blackberries, because that would be perfect for this. It calls for a LOT of blackberries!
I bet you could do this with blueberries, too. 😀 Curious how the mango version will turn out…

I’ve only tried making sweet tea and I like that I can control how sweet it is. My hubby loves anything sweet so that doesn’t matter for him. I have not tried flavored iced tea yet. With hot tea I only like it plain…green, jasmine, bo nay, gen mai…can you tell I’m Chinese? Haha! I do enjoy an ocassional Earl Grey, but not a fan of orange tea, and that sort of thing.

Ooooh, Earl Grey is my FAV….esp. lavender Earl Grey!

Rosann – most grocery stores sell family sized bags with the other teas. If you can’t find family sized, just use two regular bags for every one family sized needed.

I’ll keep y’all posted when I make the mango tea. It does sounds super yummy.

I have to say, my mouth is watering right now. I love sweet tea, especially when it’s combined with any type of berry. Thanks for sharing!

I’ve been thinking about those tea recipes ever since you posted that link a few days ago. I don’t have all of the ingredients for them, but I really want to try them! By the end of the summer, I get tired of drinking the same cold tea every day. I tried to use flavored fruit teas last year, but it didn’t go very well. I think I know what I did wrong, though, so I’m going to try again this year. I feel like I have an excuse for messing it up, though, since I’m from the North. Everyone knows Yankees don’t know how to make sweet tea! 🙂

Oh I think this looks and sounds so good!! I really like flavored teas and this looks like a good one to try!! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Looks really good! Since I just moved to the south, maybe I should give this a try!!

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