It’s a little grey today but if we can believe the weather gods, we’re due another mini-heatwave. Okay, It will probably the last one this summer, so let’s make the most of it and soak up the sunshine while it lasts. Enjoy some ice-cream, have a BBQ and definitely try this delicious raspberry and orange iced tea! It’s super easy to make and will really give you the summer feeling.
If you want to recreate my recipe, all you need are some fresh raspberries and oranges, sugar, ice cubes and tea bags of your choice. I’ve made this with both black and fruit tea and the only thing you have to play around with is the fruit and syrup ratio.
Recipe raspberry and orange iced tea
Ingredients for fruity raspberry and orange iced tea:
6 cups of water
5 bags of orange tea
4 bags of raspberry tea
1 cup of water
1 cup of raspberries
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of orange juice
orange slices, optional garnish
raspberries, optional garnish
Fill an empty ice-cube tray with raspberries, 1-2 per cube should be just fine, top up with water and freeze overnight. This is an optional step and mainly for decoration, so don’t worry if you only have ordinary ice-cubes to hand.
First, we’re making a simple raspberry syrup by combining 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of water and 1 cup of raspberries. Bring your mix to a boil over medium heat until your berries are soft and your sugar has dissolved. Then remove your mix from the heat and cool completely. Strain into a separate container and squeeze your berries to get out any excess juice.
While your syrup is boiling, brew your tea and leave it to cool completely. The number of teabags might seem a little excessive, but your ice cubes will melt and dilute the flavour of your iced tea, so that’s why we’re using more tea bags than water. This is a matter of taste, so experiment and see how you like your iced tea best.
For this raspberry and orange iced tea, I’ve worked with a 2:3 ratio (2 cups of water to 3 bags of tea) and I’ve also added some orange juice for some extra colour and fruitiness.
To enjoy the taste of summer, fill a glass or mason jar with your raspberry ice cubes, add 1/8 cup of your raspberry syrup, 1 cup of tea and fill up with orange juice. If you want to go all out, add some raspberries and orange slices for decoration.