Blueberry Lemon Iced Tea

Sometimes summer just calls for simple drinks.

No bubbles.

No booze.

Just cool and refreshing and mildly sweet.

Bags of decaffeinated black tea and a little sachet of lemons and blueberries.

Lingering together in a pitcher of cool water, and pressed and prodded with a wooden spoon to release pulp and essence.

Then parked out in the direct sunshine for hours, until it’s a deep, dark gold and tastes like blueberries and lemons.

Sweetened naturally, and just the way you like it.

Enjoy on a porch swing with a beachy novel in your lap and chirping birds in the distance – or at least while pretending it.


Lemon Blueberry Iced Tea


  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries, rinsed and drained
  • 1 lemon, cut into eighths
  • 10-12 decaffeinated black tea bags
  • 10-12 cups of water
  • 1/4 cup agave syrup (or to taste)
  • cheese cloth
  • kitchen twine


Create a sachet of the lemon and blueberries by placing them on a double-layered square of cheesecloth, then pulling the edges up and securing with kitchen twine.

Fill a pitcher with desired number of cups of water.

Float tea bags (the same number as cups of water) in the pitcher of water.

Add the sachet of lemon and blueberries.

Gently poke an prod the sachet until some pulp is released. You can be a little rough with it, just careful not to break the cheesecloth.

Set out in direct sunlight for 3-5 hours.

When tea has reached desired color, bring inside and remove sachet and spent tea bags, squeezing tea bags into the pitcher to drain before discarding.

Pour tea through sieve to remove unwanted pulp.

Add agave syrup to taste.

Chill for about 2 hours.

Serve over ice.

Keep remaining tea covered and refrigerated.


10 thoughts on “Blueberry Lemon Iced Tea

  1. Can you please vacation at my house for at least a week? You’ll have full room and board, I’ll buy all the ingredients you want to keep the pantry/fridge stocked and you’ll have full control of the kitchen…All you need to do is blog, which will require you to cook, which will, in turn, require me to taste-test (purely in the interest of providing your blog-readers with accurate reporting, of course)……..

    • Hmmmmm. . . . That sounds very appealing. Can we send our respective families on vacation somewhere too, so we can have a grown-up week for just us girls??

      • By the way, you inspired me to be creative with some leftover Publix lemonade from July 4th….It was a little tart for my liking, so after reading your blog, I tossed some raspberries and cut-up strawberries into the jug, shook it around, let it sit in the fridge awhile (until everything was pink), then strained it and “viola”, my very own berry lemonade!! It was yummy! A note to all your readers, please don’t judge, with me it’s all about the “baby steps”!
        Hugs to you, my culinary muse!!!

        • Ooo! Awesome for a couple of reasons – I bet the tea was delicious, and also, I love that you called me your “culinary muse”! AND, thank you for reminding me to put the straining step in the instructions. I had a few fleeting thoughts over the days that I may have forgotten to add it in, but forgot to check! So thanks on a couple levels!!

  2. Ice tea is so popular in our house, and I think my kids will absolutely love this. We’re planning a birthday party for my daughter at the moment and looking for unique ideas to impress her and her friends and this is perfect. Can’t wait to make it.

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