Wednesday, May 20, 2009

too hot

This past weekend, it was too hot to move. When the weatherman starts talking about "triple digits," I usually want to do nothing but sit on the kitchen floor, not far from the refrigerator. This is mostly because I won't have to move more than a few feet for food (mainly popsicles), but also because it's the coolest surface in the house. The pool is another option, but that involves sunscreen, and of course, the blazing sun. This iced tea is good inside or out, but is most refreshing on the days it's too hot to do much in the kitchen besides sit on the floor.
Blackbery Iced Tea

  • 3-4 tea bags (I used black, earl gray)
  • 6-8 cups water (depending how strong you like your tea)
  • 16 ounces fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 1/2 -3/4 cup sugar
To make the tea: brew the tea bags in 6-8 cups of boiling water. Let cool and then refrigerate.
To make the blackberry syrup: place the blackberries in a saucepan, and add the sugar and 1/2 cup of water. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to medium immediately. Cook for a minute, and then reduce the mixture to low until it is close to liquified. Stir occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain the blackberries with mesh or a food mill to eliminate the seeds. Pour a few tablespoons of the syrup into each glass of iced tea.


Kim said...

how refreshing that photo looks--makes me want to go brew a pitcher myself!

Megan said...


Kim said...

We bought a little thornless blackberry bush to plant today!

Anonymous said...

that photo is really nice. I hope the tea tastes as good as it looks!

Guilar Family said...

Ooh, that looks wonderful!