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Triple Berry Southern Sweet Ice Tea

June 25, 2014
by Jackie Garvin
Triple Berry Sweet Ice Tea. A sweetened puree of berries is added to Southern Sweet Tea to make a refreshing summer sipper. #berry #southern #sweet #ice #tea #beverage

Here we are again. Another summer in the deep Deep South. It’s too hot for front porch sipping but we certainly enjoy our sweet ice tea sitting in air conditioning. We’re hitting pools, lakes, rivers, streams, creeks, water sprinklers and the Gulf as often as we can possibly work it out. I mixed up Triple Berry  Southern Sweet  Ice Tea for my daughter and grand young’uns this afternoon. We all thought it was refreshing with just the right amount of fruitiness. Or berriness. Or whateverness.

We’re famous for our Southern sweet tea and we’re not about to mess up that status. Making good sweet tea is easy, but there are some definite rules to follow.

  • always start with cold tap water to steep the tea bags. Don’t argue with us about it. Just do it. We’re not even sure why we need to do this but starting with cold water to brew the tea comes out better than starting with hot tap water.
  • use Luzianne tea. It’s not bitter and never gets cloudy. A pitcher of cloudy bitter tea will ruin your reputation as a quality Southern Sweet Tea maker. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
  • don’t steep the tea too long.  Five minutes are all you need.
  • sweeten the tea while it’s still hot. You really don’t need to use four pounds of sugar for one gallon of tea. The sugar melts easier and becomes united with tea molecules while it’s hot.
  • make small batches, about one gallon, at the time. It will keep for a couple of days, but nothing beats the taste of fresh brewed tea
  • don’t be stingy with your ice. Serve it cold, cold, cold.
  • serve in Mason jars. It tastes better.

Triple Berry Sweet Ice Tea. A puree of sweetened berries is added to Southern Sweet Tea to make a refreshing summer sipper. #southern #sweet #tea #berry

If you’re a berry lover, this tea’s for you. Any summer berry may be substituted. The amount of sugar added to the purée might need adjusting  if you use especially sweet berries.

Don’t cheat on the rules I laid out for you. Repairing a reputation as a bad iced tea maker is hard to overcome.

Y’all come see us!

Triple Berry Sweet Ice Tea. A sweetened puree of berries is added to Southern Sweet Tea to make a refreshing summer sipper. #berry #southern #sweet #ice #tea #beverage

Triple Berry Southern Sweet Ice Tea

yield: approx. one gallon

Substitute your favorite berry for the triple berry mix which contains blackberries, strawberries and raspberries. 

4 cups cold tap  water

3 family size Luzianne tea bags

3/4 cup sugar

3 cups berries, thawed

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup water, plus more for filling up the pitcher

Add four cups cold tap water to a small saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil.

When boiling, remove from heat and uncover.  Add tea bags. Cover and steep for five minutes.

After five minutes, pour the brewed tea into a gallon or short gallon sized pitcher.  Add 3/4 cup sugar and stir.

Place berries, one half cup sugar and one cup water in a food processor.  Pulse until pureed.  Strain the purée through a fine mesh strainer directly into the pitcher containing the tea.  Discard the seeds and pulp.

Add enough water to the pitcher to fill and give it a stir.

Serve over lots and lots of ice.

Triple Berry Southern Sweet Ice Tea

Triple Berry Southern Sweet Ice Tea

Ingredients

  • Triple Berry Southern Sweet Ice Tea
  • yield: approx. one gallon
  • Substitute your favorite berry for the triple berry mix which contains blackberries, strawberries and raspberries.
  • 4 cups cold tap water
  • 3 family size Luzianne tea bags
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 cups berries, thawed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water, plus more for filling up the pitcher

Instructions

Add four cups cold tap water to a small saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil.

When boiling, remove from heat and uncover. Add tea bags. Cover and steep for five minutes.

After five minutes, pour the brewed tea into a gallon or short gallon sized pitcher. Add 3/4 cup sugar and stir.

Place berries, one cup sugar and one cup water in a food processor. Pulse until pureed. Strain the puree through a fine mesh strainer directly into the pitcher containing the tea. Discard the seeds and pulp.

Add enough water to the pitcher to fill.

Serve over lots and lots of ice.

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  1. June 25, 2014 10:00 pm

    Oh I miss Luzianne tea. I don’t know why we should start with cold water but I’m sure there’s a reason. I always use cold water too when filling the pot. It’s winter but I could happily drink a jug of this right now.

    • June 26, 2014 8:21 am

      Maureen,

      I’m sure you could order Luzianne online but the shipping would cost a small fortune. I hope you’re on the mend now. You’ve been sick for quite some time.

  2. June 25, 2014 10:28 pm

    Looks delicious Jackie!! Can’t wait to try your tea <3 Nettie

  3. June 25, 2014 11:33 pm

    You are my kinda ice tea maker…perfect ice tea instructions! Lusianne Tea is my brand too, my Mama uses it too. This berry ice tea sounds SO delicious, I will have to try it. Thank you bunches for sharing some Southern with us.

    • June 26, 2014 8:17 am

      Thank you for reading, Lindy! I always love it when you stop by.

      • June 26, 2014 9:27 pm

        Jackie, I really enjoy coming here, it’s so much fun to read your blog. The recipes are so southern that it makes me smile and laugh. Bet you haven’t guessed that I’m a Southerner thru and thru too (wink). BIG huggggg

  4. Jean permalink
    July 1, 2014 6:20 pm

    Wish I had some of that right now! YUM!

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