Raspberry Iced Tea

Nothing is more refreshing than an iced tea on a hot afternoon.  A long, cold drink from a frosty tall glass.  Nothing is better.  But sometimes you want something different from a plain iced tea or the common lemon iced tea.  So why not try raspberry iced tea?  Raspberry flavor goes really well with tea.  It adds a little sweetness and the hint of fruit which can make the tea even more delicious.  And the hint of raspberry fragrance complements the scent of tea perfectly.

Although you can use frozen berries, fresh summer raspberries are that much better.  The recipe uses 10 ounces of raspberries, bruised in a bowl to release their juice.  You can keep the fruit after straining it from the tea and stir through some cream or ice cream to make a dessert.  If you plan to do this though, strain the fruit out before adding the lemon juice to the tea as cream and lemon juice is not the best combination.

 

Ingredients

8 cups of water

6 tea bags

½ cup sugar

10 ounces bruised fresh raspberries

½ cup lemon juice

Directions

Use half a cup of hot water to dissolve the sugar.  Place the tea bags and raspberries in a pitcher with the sugar solution and add the rest of the water.  Stir well and allow to steep for 5-10 minutes depending on how strong you like your tea.  Strain off the fruit and pull out the tea bags before adding the lemon juice.  Taste the tea and add additional sugar or lemon juice to taste.  Chill well before serving.  Serve in long glasses with a slice of lemon and plenty of ice.