Ice water is the perfect thirst quencher on a hot summer day, but there are times when I have a taste for something that has a little more flavor, like a tall, refreshing glass of iced tea.
Since the basil plant in my herb garden has been growing faster than I can use it this year, I decided to take advantage of my surplus and play around with a few ingredients. So instead of brewing the traditional tea flavors of lemon and sugar, I tried this sweet and savory version steeped in organic black tea leaves, muddled blackberries and fresh basil leaves. As it turned out, the flavors paired beautifully together and the deep rich color was so inviting, before I knew it, it was gone!
8 cups water
4 organic black tea bags
½ cup fresh blackberries, muddled
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, torn
1) Heat water to boiling.
2) Place the muddled blackberries, basil, sugar and tea bags in a large jar and pour in the boiling water. Steep the mixture for 5 minutes.
3) Discard the tea bags and strain the tea into a pitcher or storage container. Allow the tea to cool and then refrigerate until chilled.
4) Serve over ice with a skewer of fresh blackberries and a sprig of basil.