Love and Confections: {Spiked} Blueberry Lemon Iced Tea

September 3, 2014

{Spiked} Blueberry Lemon Iced Tea

Blueberry Lemon Iced Tea is the perfect drink to cool off in the afternoon. Add some vodka to make this a great happy hour drink!

I am a Southern Girl at heart and sweet tea always hits the spot. If I had a wrap-around porch, you might find me out there in a chair with a tall glass of ice cold sweet tea - especially with the weather we have been having. Pumpkin recipes are popping up all over the internet and the northerners are wishing for more Summer, while here in the South we can't wait for sweater and boot weather. Just to clarify, in Florida, we break out the sweaters and boots when it gets below 70. 

I love plain sweet tea, which is my usual, but sometimes it is fun to try new flavors. I saw this recipe online and thought it would be perfect for #SanibelBeachWeek. Blueberries and Lemon are a great combination and it was perfect with the tea. You can make it as is for the kiddies or make an adult only beverage by adding in some vodka, chilled and straight from the freezer, of course. I hope you get a chance to experiment with some flavored tea as you soak up the last few days of Summer. Enjoy!

{Spiked} Blueberry Lemon Iced Tea
adapted from Southern Living
Click here for a printable recipe

{Spiked} Blueberry Lemon Iced Tea Ingredients:
- 16 ounces frozen Blueberries
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
- 4 cups Water
- 2 family-size Tea Bags
- 1 cup extra-fine granulated Sugar
- 4 cups of Ice
- Vodka (optional)

{Spiked} Blueberry Lemon Iced Tea Directions:
1. In a medium saucepan, bring the Blueberries and Lemon Juice to a boil. Once boiling, cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until blueberries have softened, broken down, and released their juice.
2. Strain the blueberry mixture through a fine mesh strainer, or sieve, into a pitcher. Discard the solid leftover blueberry skins. Clean the pot and use it to make the tea.
3. In a medium saucepan, boil the 4 cups of Water. Remove from heat and let the Tea Bags steep for 5 minutes. Discard the tea bags and then stir in the 1 cup Sugar until it is dissolved. Add the tea into the pitcher and stir the liquids together.
4. Add in 4 cups of Ice and let the mixture chill in the refrigerator. Serve over ice with a lemon wedge.
(If you want to make this an adult beverage, place the amount of vodka you desire into serving glasses with ice and pour the iced tea over it.) Please drink responsibly.

Until next time,

Don't forget to check out my other #SanibelBeachWeek recipes and round-ups

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