A refreshing afternoon drink for spring and summer
Wow, this is good. This also happens to be the first iced tea recipe to ever appear on The Rose Table! I served this thirst-quenching drink at Disney Dinners: Mary Poppins Returns because I wanted a whimsical iced tea that would fit the spring park setting.
The Rose Table Disney Dinners: Mary Poppins Returns is sponsored by Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, out on Digital March 12 and blu-ray March 19, 2019.
This takes just minutes to make. All you do is boil blueberries with water, add sugar, lemon juice, and mint, and three minutes later your syrup is done. Strain out the solids and you’re left with the most brilliant purple nectar. (Coincidentally, your house will smell fantastic!) Grab the pot you use for pasta, boil water, add tea bags, steep ten minutes. Let both pots hang out for about an hour or until cool, then combine in a nice pitcher and chill well. Serve with fluffy mint sprigs and lemon slices in the glass and some extra blueberries in the pitcher.
Lemon Blueberry Mint Iced Tea
2 cups fresh blueberries
9 cups water, divided
1 cup sugar
1 lemon (plus more for garnish)
1 bunch fresh mint (plus more for garnish)
6 tea bags
- Wash and dry blueberries. Roughly chop mint.
- Bring blueberries and 1 cup water to a boil, lower heat, and cook for about five minutes or until blueberries begin to burst.
- Add sugar, the juice from one lemon, and chopped mint. Simmer for 2-3 minutes or until sugar has fully dissolved.
- Remove from heat. Let steep about five minutes, then strain solids through a sieve. Let cool.
- Bring eight cups of water to a boil. Remove from heat, add tea bags, and steep for ten minutes, pushing the tea bags down every couple of minutes. Discard tea bags. Let cool.
- Combine blueberry syrup and tea in a pitcher. Chill for 4-6 hours.
- Serving suggestion: blueberries in the pitcher, lemon slice and mint in the glass.