Sparkling Blueberry Ginger Iced Tea

by Marla on June 11, 2014 · 32 comments

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I believe that sipping iced tea is something very special. Its a simple life’s pleasure that should be sipped slowly (ok, sometimes guzzled.) This Blueberry Ginger Iced Tea is certainly special & it would be as perfect sipped on a steamy summers day by the pool. Or served at a elegant gathering.

No matter what…the flavors will razzle dazzle your taste buds & the blueberry ice cubes might just melt your heart!

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In this recipe I tried the new Tetley Black & Green Tetley Tea. I love the blend of my two favorite tea leaves.

I simply steeped a few tea bags, made some blueberry juice (easy peasy) and topped it all off with alcohol free ginger beer. For a stronger ginger flavor you can also add some ginger juice to taste.

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This recipe is my entry for a Tetley Tea Contest for a chance to win a trip to London, UK. I have my fingers crossed that the judges on the Tetley team love it enough to send me on a journey to Europe. You know me, always looking to share amazing adventures!

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Oh and let’s not forget the blueberry ice cubes…make ‘em any shape you wish.

Sparkling Blueberry Ginger Iced Tea | FamilyFreshCooking.com

How fun are Champagne flutes?! These drinks are Mocktails (alcohol free) but certainly worthy of any celebration.

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I love sipping out of Champagne flutes whether boozy or not…it’s makes a drink so much more fun to indulge in.

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Most of you know that blueberries are my favorite! I love them with tea.

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Did I tell you guys that I will be cooking at the Snowmass Mammoth Chili Festival. Yep! Me & my partner Chef David Burton Sanchez are partnering up as team SmoQ ‘N Cowgirl to wow the crowd with an incredible chili recipe.

Stay tuned…I will be posting photos and of course a recipe!

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Think i’ll bring this iced tea to cool us down when cooking up that hot & spicy chili!

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Another way to drink iced tea…watching stunning rainbows from your balcony…

Telluride, Colorado rainbow :) FamilyFreshCooking.com

Don’t forget to pour some of this Sparkling Blueberry Ginger Iced Tea at your July 4th celebrations too!

Enjoy!

Sparkling Blueberry Ginger Iced Tea

Prep Time: 4 hours

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 8-10 servings

Sparkling Blueberry Ginger Iced Tea

Ingredients

  • 4 Tetley Black & Green Tea Bags
  • 4 cups boiling Water
  • 2 cups Frozen Blueberries + 1 cup Water
  • 1 tablespoon pure Honey
  • 16 ounces (1 bottle) Ginger Beer (alcohol free)
  • Blueberry Ice Cubes
  • a few cups Frozen Blueberries
  • Water
  • Optional
  • Ginger Juice

Method

    Blueberry Ice Cubes
  • Add some frozen blueberries to ice cube makers. Add more to some & less to others for variety. Fill with water & freeze 4 hours to overnight.
  • Tea
  • Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Steep tea bags for 5 minutes. Gently squeeze bags, remove & discard.Let cool for a bit & transfer to fridge to chill.
  • Blueberry Juice
  • In a saucepan bring blueberries to boil with 1 cup of water & honey. Mash berries against the side of pan to release juices. Place a fine mesh sieve over a heat safe bowl. Pour blueberry juice through the sieve. Again, mash the blueberries against the side of mesh to release juices. Discard mashed blueberries. Let cool a bit & transfer to fridge to chill.
  • In a large pitcher add the blueberry ice cubes, chilled tea & blueberry juice. Top with ginger beer. Add ginger juice to taste for a stronger, spicier ginger flavor.
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Disclosure: I’m working with the fine folks at Tetley Tea to share their wonderful new Black & Green Tea. This post is entered in a contest to won a trip to London, UK.

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1 Averie @ Averie Cooks June 11, 2014 at 10:26 am

Lately I’ve been drinking blueberry kombucha & it’s so expensive, gah! need to quit and make this instead! Looks incredible and I am loving the blueberry ice cubes, too! Pinned

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2 Marla June 12, 2014 at 5:28 am

I know it girl ~ that drink can be a fortune. Whip up a batch of this for pennies ;) Thanks for the pin love!

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3 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl June 11, 2014 at 10:33 am

I am a ginger beer fanatic!! Love that you added it to this tea.

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4 Marla June 12, 2014 at 5:28 am

Thanks Liz ~ we love it over here too!

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5 Aimee @ Simple Bites June 11, 2014 at 11:32 am

Blueberry ice cubes?? But of course. This is just lovely, Marla!

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6 Maria June 11, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Love the color!

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7 Marla June 12, 2014 at 5:28 am

Yes, blueberries seriously make recipe the most beautiful colors!

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8 Julie @ Table for Two June 11, 2014 at 2:12 pm

What a gorgeous and delicious sounding drink! I’m loving the heart-shaped ice cubes!!

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9 Leah June 11, 2014 at 2:59 pm

This drink looks awesome!! Love the blueberry ice cubes – so creative. Having just returned from London, I hope you win the contest!!

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10 Marla June 12, 2014 at 5:27 am

Thanks Leah!! I really hope so too ~ hope you had an amazing trip!

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11 Laura (Tutti Dolci) June 11, 2014 at 4:02 pm

How gorgeous, this is the perfect summer drink!

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12 Marla June 12, 2014 at 5:27 am

Thank you Laura!! I had lots of fun coming up with this recipe :)

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13 Sommer @ASpicyPerspective June 11, 2014 at 4:06 pm

I love the blueberry ice cubs! Amazing!

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14 Marla June 12, 2014 at 5:26 am

Thanks Sommer :)

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15 sue/the view from great island June 11, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Oh gosh this is so beautiful, I would be happy with a bowl of those ice cubes!

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16 Marla June 12, 2014 at 5:26 am

Thanks Sue! They are fun huh!!

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17 Lauren June 12, 2014 at 10:54 am

I’m making this! It looks amazing and as a non-drinker, I’m always looking for sophisticated non-alcoholic beverages. Thank you.

AND I must say, that photo you took of the rainbow is so vivid, absolutely gorgeous. My compliments to the photographer.

Cheers!

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18 Marla June 13, 2014 at 4:09 am

Lauren, when I stepped outside & saw that rainbow I could not believe my eyes! Thrilled I could capture the experience here for you guys :) I agree ~ the non drinkers need something they can feel “part of the party” with. Glad I could provide the option.

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19 Toni | BoulderLocavore June 12, 2014 at 11:22 am

I can’t get enough of blueberries lately and love the idea of this. Crossing my fingers for you on the London trip AND a big win at the Chili fest in Snowmass!

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20 Marla June 13, 2014 at 4:08 am

Thank you Toni!! We feel competition ready for chili fest & got my fingers crossed too for London :)

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21 zerrin June 12, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Love cold tea and if it is a cocktail and has those fantastic blueberry ice cubes, it’s the best summer drink! Pinned!

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22 Marla June 13, 2014 at 4:07 am

Thanks so much for the pin love Zerrin :)

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23 ami@naivecookcooks June 12, 2014 at 8:23 pm

I got all the ingredients for it!! Making it soon.

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24 Tanya June 12, 2014 at 9:41 pm

I am 12 weeks pregnant and was told to stay away from black tea, any other suggestions on type of tea bags to use???
I live ginger beer and blueberries so the two together sound amazing, plus something fun to drink while my friends and their spouses have their summer boozy drinks ; )

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25 Allison June 13, 2014 at 8:28 am

What a beautiful recipe! I eat my weight in blueberries during the summer and this looks like a deliciously refreshing way to eat even more of them. That colour is just incredible!!! Gorgeous photos -the rainbow! the drink! Summer in a glass :)

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26 Meggan | Culinary Hill June 17, 2014 at 2:47 pm

This looks so delicious and refreshing! Your photography is always so inspiring too, that you are able to take so many interesting, gorgeous photos that are all different! I salute you! Great recipe, pinned!

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27 Marla June 17, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Thanks so much Meggan!! I have such a blast with the photography :)

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