This blackberry iced tea combines the rich flavor of Earl Grey tea with fresh blackberries, lime, and herbs - for a super easy drink worthy of any warm Summer's day. This iced Earl Grey is not only sure to impress, but it is also naturally sweetened with unrefined sugar, uses just 5 ingredients, and is fully vegan!
First, steep the tea in boiling water. You can do this by using loose tea or tea bags and then allowing it to cool to room temperature (or chill in the fridge).*
Add the blackberries, lime juice and sweetener to a large cup (or two smaller cups) and mash.**
Pour the tea over the berry mixture and stir well. Serve with ice cubes and garnish with your favorite herbs.
How To Store:
The plain cold brew/ brewed and cooled Earl Grey tea can be stored in the fridge, covered, for up to 5 days. I like to make a big batch at the beginning of the week then make the individual cups of blackberry iced tea with the remainder of the ingredients as I go along, so it's nice and fresh!
Note* You could also make cold brew Earl Grey by brewing it in cold water overnight (for between 10-12 hours is best).Note** If you want to avoid berry seeds then you can blend this concoction first and strain through a fine-mesh sieve, into the cup/s.For a Blackberry Earl Grey Mocktail: Brew your tea at double strength, as you'll only need a few tablespoon in this mocktail. Add the remainder of the ingredients to your glass and muddle, allowing the fruit and sweetener to macerate as the tea cools slightly. Add 3-4tbsp of Earl Grey tea and then top up with soda water. You can, optionally, add in a little vanilla extract too.An Earl Grey Cocktail/ Alcoholic version: rum, bourbon, vodka, whiskey, and gin all work well with black tea varieties. Simply omit some brewed tea in place of a little of your favorite alcohol.