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Keep reading for a quick iced tea recipe with a fruity twist, which you can whip up in less than 10 minutes.

two glassed of blackberry iced tea


This is by far the most used method of making Iced tea in the Jones’ household, usually because we forget to put tea in to cold brew over night.

How does ‘Ice chilling’ work? Essentially you make a batch of tea, and cool it down quickly with lots of ice, so its then ready to drink straight away. It does use more ice than compared to cold brewing your tea, but it is a great method for when the weather suddenly turns all sunny and summery and you find yourself craving a nice Iced Tea.

Blackberry iced tea next to a bottle of simply blackberry syrup


  • Don’t let the tea steep/brew for more than 5 minutes, The longer you leave the tea to brew, the more astringent and bitter it will taste.
  • If you don’t want a strong tea, use less tea bags, or brew for less time.
  • Make sure you use filtered water, it makes a better tasting tea than tap water.
  • Don’t use boiling hot water, It will make the iced tea cloudy. Boil the kettle and allow to cool before using, or if your kettle has a temperature setting ; heat to 180°C
  • Adjust the syrup to your own taste. My brother prefers a much sweeter iced tea compared to me, its all down to personal preference.
a glass of blackberry iced tea next to frozen blackberries


  • Black tea bags (Assam, English Breakfast or Earl Grey)
  • Filtered water – I use this jug
  • Ice – LOTS
  • Iced Tea jug/pitcher – Look for one that is leakproof, made of BPA free plastic or borosilicate glass, thats safe to use with hot liquid and cold temperatures.
  • Kettle
  • Simply Blackberry Syrup
  • Optional garnishes; Frozen blackberries, mint or slices of lemon.
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Blackberry Iced Tea

  • Author: Megan
  • Prep Time: 3
  • Cook Time: Steep time 5 mins
  • Total Time: 8
  • Yield: 1L 1x
  • Cuisine: Drinks


A quick and easy iced tea with a fruity twist, made in less than 10 minutes.


  • 34 Black tea bags (depending on strength of tea)
  • 600g or 4 cups approx Ice
  • 600ml or 2 1/2 cups filtered water
  • 30ml / 1 shot glass of Blackberry syrup in the bottom of each glass/serving


  1. Simmer water / set the water temperature to 180°C on kettle
  2. Put tea bags into jug and pour over the hot water.
  3. Brew for 5 minutes max.
  4. Remove tea bags and discard.
  5. Add ice to the jug screw lid on and turn it upside down 10 to 15 times to mix the ice about to cool the tea down
  6. Add extra ice to glasses and add the blackberry syrup.
  7. Pour the iced tea over the top
  8. Mix  –  Optional: Garnish with frozen blackberries, a slice of lemon or fresh mint.



  • Use a jug / pitcher thats safe to use with drastic temperature changes from hot to ice cold.  Look for borosilicate glass or BPA-free plastic.
  • Use a lower temperature water. Boiling water makes the iced tea turn cloudy.
  • Always use filtered water – it makes better tasting iced tea.

Keywords: quick & easy, Iced tea, summer

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