Iced Mint Tea with Summer Berries

Orlando has been getting a lot of rain lately, not the heavy kind but the sporadic showers that come unannounced every couple of hours and only last long enough to mess up your hairdo and ruin whatever outdoor activity you happen to be doing. But a few weekends ago was an exception: it was dry, sunny and perfectly perfect for spending time by the pool. We also happened to have company for a couple of days so spending almost every moment of our waking hours either in the water or on lounge chairs was great fun. There was tanning, bantering, munching on hummus and chips, and of course, there were many glasses of fruity iced mint tea to keep us refreshed.

P.S. I’m in Marrakesh right now living completely different weather and taking lots of pictures for you. Posts coming soon.







Yield: 8 cups

Prep Time: 5 min + brewing and refrigeration time

Cook Time: 10 min

Despite the beautiful red hue of this tea, it is not a berry tea. It tastes like a Moroccan mint tea with only a gentle kiss of berry flavor. This recipe is lightly sweet from the berries with no added sugar, but feel free to sweeten it to your taste


8 cups water

A small bunch fresh mint (about 10 sprigs)

3 green tea bags

¼ teaspoon orange blossom water (optional)

1 ½ cups fresh berries (I used blackberries and raspberries)


Bring the water to a boil in a kettle or medium pan. Remove from the heat and add the tea bags and mint. Let steep 10 to 15 minutes. Discard the tea bags and mint. Add the orange blossom water, if using, and allow to cool. Transfer to a pitcher.

On a cutting board, crush the berries with a fork. Add the crushed berries to the tea. Refrigerate the tea at least 4 hours and serve over lots of ice.

Very refreshing!

Other refreshing drinks:

Green Juice

Toasted Hazelnut Shake

Horchata (David Lebovitz)


3 Responses to “Iced Mint Tea with Summer Berries”

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    Oriane — 06/21/2012 @ 1:01 pm

    Bonjour Nisrine,

    So looking forward to your photos (you are so talented at photography)
    That tea looks wonderful.
    I was just browsing your site and found the orange water recipe, now I know what I’m going to do when my orange trees are in bloom.

    Bonnes vacances!

  2. 2

    Nisrine — 06/22/2012 @ 6:39 am

    Merci, Oriane. Orange blossom water is so much fun to make.

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    Eha — 06/22/2012 @ 6:21 pm

    The tea will be lovely come our next summer – but can’t wait for your Moroccan photos :) ! Hope you are having a fabulous time!

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