Lemon Blueberry Sweet Tea
Growing up in Alabama meant having sweet tea in the refrigerator pretty much all the time. When Eric and I moved to Dallas seven years ago, I was shocked at the number of restaurants that didn’t have sweet tea. I didn’t drink it as much by that time, anyway, but it was still my drink of choice when dining out. At some point, I started drinking more water and less tea and would ask for my tea half and half (a mix of sweet, when I could find it, and unsweet). Eventually, the sweet tea was reduced to a splash in a glass of unsweet tea. All that to say – it’s been a long time since I’ve had sweet tea.
Clara celebrated her third birthday a couple weeks ago. How is that even possible? Because I’m pretty sure she was just born. When I was planning the menu for Clara’s birthday party, which was loosely tea party themed, I had a few different fruity teas in mind to serve alongside our favorite lemonade. This lemon blueberry version won out, and I’m so glad it did.
The key to flavoring this tea is a syrup that’s made with lemon juice and blueberries. It’s mixed into the brewed tea and gives it such a boost of fruity flavor. We made this one with the amount of sugar called for, but you can certainly reduce it if, like me, you prefer your tea lightly sweetened. It’s the perfect drink for a party or for sipping outside on long summer evenings.
- YIELD: 5 cups
1 (12-ounce) package frozen blueberries
½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 family-size tea bags
¾ cup sugar
Lemon slices and/or fresh blueberries, for garnishing
Combine the blueberries and lemon juice in a large saucepan set over medium heat. Bring to a boil, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and pour through a mesh strainer into a bowl, using the back of a spoon or spatula to squeeze out all the juice. Discard solids and rinse saucepan.
Bring 4 cups of water to boil in the same saucepan. Add the tea bags and remove from heat. Allow to stand for about 5 minutes, then discard tea bags. Stir in the sugar and blueberry mixture. Pour into a pitcher and chill for at least an hour. Serve over ice with desired garnishes.