Happy National Iced Tea Day! Today’s post is in honor and observance of this food holiday for my all-time favorite beverage. (I drink unsweetened iced tea almost every day…even in the winter!) This recipe for Deb’s Iced Tea with Tart Cherry Mint Ice Cubes is a fun and easy summertime recipe.
There is a short back story to this drink idea. A few months back I was having dinner at my boyfriend’s parents’ house and his mom had a pitcher of unsweetened iced tea. I poured a glass and noticed it had a hint of tartness to it that I could not place. I asked for the secret and she shared that she added tart cherry juice and a sprinkling of chopped mint to the tea. It was so refreshing and I loved the little flavor twist.
It was then that I decided I would be stealing her idea (But I am giving her full credit here as you can see!). I did change my presentation just slightly by adding the tart cherry juice and mint in an ice cube form. During a warm summer day there is nothing I like more than ice cubes to cool down my beverage. I like that the cherry juice slowly melts into the tea ans it still provides that tart, slightly sweet, undertone just as hers did. Try the ice cubes in water or lemonade too for another flavor dimension!
Serve your iced tea at the next barbecue or fill up your morning thermos (this is how I enjoyed mine) with this revitalizing beverage.
…all for the love of the dish!
- 10 cups of water for tea
- 2 cups water to be added after brewing
- 3 black tea bags
- 2 oolong tea bags
- 5 green tea bags
- tart cherry juice
- mint leaves (about 16 leaves)
- For the Ice Cubes:
- Pour the tart cherry juice into your ice cube mold. Place a mint leaf in each. Put in the freezer and allow freezing all the way through. (I left mine overnight)
- For the Iced Tea:
- Measure out 5 cups of water and pour into a saucepan. Measure out an additional 5 cups of water and pour into a second sauce pan. Heat the water in both pans until it is almost boiling and the water is just starting to send small bubbles to the surface.
- Remove from heat and add the tea bags (The rule of thumb is 1 tea bag for every 1 cup of water). I added 3 black tea and 2 oolong tea to the one sauce pan and 5 green tea bags to the other. As a side note I separated out the green tea because this was how my boyfriend's mother made hers so I followed in her footsteps.
- Let them steep for just under 5 minutes. Don’t steep for too long or it will be become very bitter.
- Pour your brewed tea into your pitcher, add 2 cups of water to the tea, and place in the refrigerator to let chill (3-5 hours).
- Once you would like to serve your tea, add your tart cherry mint ice cubes.
- Now you are ready to beat the heat with this refreshing drink.