Are you looking for a way to jazz up your next cup of tea? These fruit infused tea recipes will hit the spot! The general idea is to steep pieces of aromatic fruit with your regular tea. From there, you can either drink it hot or pour it over ice for a delicious summer treat. Here are some of our favorite combinations:
- Sun TeaWhen brewing tea using the “sun tea” method, cold water and tea bags are added to a glass jar and left in the sun to steep. You can choose any type of tea that you want. To make fruit infused sun tea, add two tea bags and ½ cup of fresh, chopped fruit to a one-quart Mason jar. Fill to the top with cold water, cover, and leave out in the sun for about two hours, or until steeped to your personal taste. One of the problems with sun tea is that it’s easy for bacteria to grow while the tea is in the sun. To prevent this, you can sterilize the container first.
- Black TeaBlack tea has a strong flavor, which is why infusing fruit with the tea can help make it taste great! Choose fruit that is sweet and has a stronger flavor, such as oranges, watermelon, and raspberries. To make, add one black tea bag and a half a cup of fruit pieces into a one-quart Mason jar. Fill to the top with boiling water and steep for three minutes. Remove the tea bags, cover, and let the fruit steep for another ten minutes. Strain and serve hot or over ice.
- Green TeaSince green tea has a milder flavor than black tea, you don’t necessarily need to use fruit that has a strong flavor, especially if you want to retain some of the flavors from the green tea. Delicate fruit such as peaches, blueberries, and mango are especially delicious infused into this tea! To make, add two green tea bags and ½ cup of chopped fresh fruit into a one-quart Mason jar and fill to the top with boiling water. Steep for ten minutes, strain, and serve either hot or over ice.
- Herbal TeaHerbal tea also tastes great when infused with fruit! To make, add three herbal tea bags and ½ cup of fresh fruit to a one-quart Mason jar. Fill to the top with boiling water, cover, and let steep for ten minutes. Strain and serve either hot or over ice. Here are some delicious herbal tea and fruit combinations you can try:
• Chamomile tea blends well with apples, raspberries, mangoes, and oranges.
• Peppermint tastes great with fruit such as pineapples, oranges, and mangoes.
• Spearmint infuses well with lemons, limes, and grapefruit.
• Rosehip herbal tea blends well with strawberries, oranges, and apples.
When serving any of these fruit infused herbal teas hot, try adding a cinnamon stick to the Mason jar to give the flavors an extra kick!