Perfect for summer days, this #HotSummerEats Very Berry Iced Tea boasts delicious berry flavor and has blueberry ice cubes.
#HotSummerEats is over. Yes, I know today is the 9th and this should have posted yesterday, but I will get to that story. There have been so many fabulous recipes and tasty drinks served up during this event.. I wonder what Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla cooks up for her next event. Stay tuned to see.
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This is the Casabella True Cube tray. I loved this and knew exactly what I wanted to do with these babies. That story is a little later, too. But these trays are super convenient. You could make some ice cubes like this one, or some chocolates, or some mini brownies. Yeah, not sure about that last one, but don’t think I won’t try.
The tray was super easy to use. The ice cubes just popped right out when they were frozen, and took up hardly any space in the freezer. They nest to store, making them super easy to put away in even the smallest of kitchens.
And now back to the story. So, I signed up for this event months ago. I was going along fine and had recipes tagged and written, but I just needed to try them and then write about them. Then the hubs says to me, “I have 5 more days of vacation. Let’s drive to Florida.”
Okay. Who’s going to resist that? Except, when? Well, for us to take these 5 days before August we had to take this vacation the second week of June. That mean I needed to step it up and get these recipes photographed and written. I thought, “I have a tablet and a bluetooth keyboard, I could write on the road!!”
Which, for the most part, was true! Except when it comes to the photographs. That, I found out, have to be loaded before I write the post. I got up earlier yesterday to finish the post up and get it live during the finale of #HotSummerEats. I spent about an hour trying any and all tricks I could to get these photos to load to the WP site. To no avail. I had to borrow my MILs laptop to get them loaded.
Since our days are packed, or have been, I didn’t get to that until later in the afternoon. Then the hubs says, “Let’s go for milkshakes!” And, well, who can resist that! So, we piled ourselves and the niece in the truck and headed to Scooples for some delicious milkshakes. By the time we got back, it was some chatter, some games, and then it was dinner time.
And then it was card time, and then it was bed time, and now it’s the next morning and I’m typing up this post. And now it’s later on in the trip and I’m still trying to get this post typed up. Maybe one of these days I will be organized. Then again, if I could have loaded the pics mobile-ly then all this wouldn’t have happened.
And, this tea happened because we went to a cafe in upstate New York. And they served us this delicious berry tea. I’m not one for sweetened tea, but this tea they served up was amazing!! I had three glasses, I think. It was a lot for me for sweetened tea. I’m not a huge fan if sugar. Real sugar, I mean. It’s just too sweet to me. But this tea, it was the perfect mix of tangy berries and sweetener.
Ever since then, I wanted to make a go at this berry tea. I know that it was not going to be the same because I didn’t purchase tea from them, but the teas from the grocery store aren’t too bad. They did the job. I was eyeing them in the store to see what flavors of berry there were and decided upon the Celestial Seasonings in two flavors. Combined, they have a perfect berry flavor.
I love how cool these blueberries look in the ice cubes. Don’t they look so cool? And it’s such a simple and easy trick to make a simple glass of iced tea into something fancy. Now, if I wanted to get really fancy, I would put them in juice instead of water. That way, when the liquid melts it just makes for more of a berry flavor. BUT, I didn’t do that.
I didn’t need to do that. This tea has a wonderful berry flavor all on it’s own. So, don’t why away from all the tea bags in the instructions because it does not taste too strong. And don’t worry about it having a strong tea flavor because it doesn’t have a tea flavor like black or green tea flavor. It just has true berry flavor through and through.
Now, for me, to make the tea sweet and not too sweet, I used a simple syrup to sweeten the tea. It sweetens the tea easily and perfectly without any sugar residue at the bottom of the container. You can also monitor and control the sweetness level of your tea. Add a little, taste, add a little taste; until you have the perfectly sweet flavor you’re looking for.
With this berry flavor, you’re not going to want to make it too sweet. You will want the delicious flavor of the berry flavor shine through in this thirst quenching tea. Fill the glass with these cool ice cubes and then some tea, and grab a straw.
Seriously, doesn’t the Casabella True Cube ice cube tray make the coolest looking ice cubes? Okay, now they said that if I boiled the water, it would come out clear. That didn’t happen for me. But, it’s okay. They still look pretty darn cool. If you bought a berry blend, you could make the perfect cubes for this tea. You can purchase your own or check out the other products they offer. Make sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube to stay up to date on all their products.
- 7 cups water, divided
- 12 bags berry flavored tea (I used Celestial Seasoning True Blueberry and Raspberry Zinger)
- 1 cup blueberies
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 set Cassabella True Cube ice crube tray
- Place one cup of water and the sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a slow rolling boil and continue to cook until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
- Bring the remaining water to a boil in a large saucepan (or tea kettle if you have one). Boil for 5 minutes and then remove from heat. Pour two cups into a heat safe container and allow to cool completely. Add the tea bags to the remaining water and allow to steap. The longer it steaps, the more intense the berry flavor will be. (I allowed ours to steap at least 2 hours).
- While the tea is steaping, place one blueberry in each square of the Cassabella True Cube ice crube tray. Carefully pour the 2 cups of reserved water over the blueberries and freeze until set, about 3 to 4 hours.
- In a cold beverage pitcher, pour the steaped tea and simpe syrup to taste. The batch of simple syrup was enough to two batches of tea for us, but we don't like it too sweet.