I love baking and cooking and typically put my own spin on things when following recipes, but rarely do I come up with something fully on my own. I thought doing some tea recipe experiments for the blog could be fun though. So I wrote down several ideas and decided to start with this, Iced Blackberry Maple Tea.
Some of you know I am not the biggest fan of iced tea so I thought I would try out some iced tea ideas that might help change my mind. This recipe was inspired by the idea of combining maple syrup with ceylon black tea. Which I did try out hot steeped and it was delicious, the maple complements the woody notes in the ceylon well. So how do I make this idea summery, fruity, and even more fun? Well a bag of blackberries in the freezer helped that idea along and this recipe was born.
What I did was make a blackberry infused maple syrup to add into chilled ceylon tea. The syrup I made is enough to make several cups or a whole pitcher, but for this trial I only made one eight ounce cup of tea to test it out.
Tools for syrup:
- Small Pot
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
Ingredients for syrup:
- 1 1/2 Cups Frozen Blackberries (or fresh)
- 1 Tablespoon Water
- 1/4 Cup Pure Maple Syrup
First put all the ingredients in the pan and heat on medium low. Stir and start breaking down the fruit with your spoon. Heat until it starts to bubble and then let it continue for another few minutes. Keep stirring and you may need to turn down the heat a little if it starts to pop. Remove from heat and let cool slightly (or fully cool if you’d like). Use your strainer and funnel to transfer the liquid to a sealable container (a heat safe one if your syrup is still warm, I used a mason jar. You may not need a funnel depending on the size of the opening of your container). Use your spoon to help the liquid get through the strainer, I used a stirring motion and had to scrape the bottom of the strainer a few times. You will end up with about a half cup of liquid, let this cool and then chill in the fridge.
After making the syrup I moved on to making the tea. I made an eight ounce cup, but you could make however much you would like. I steeped up about a teaspoon of Kenilworth Ceylon black tea from Harney and Sons for two minutes. Then I let the tea cool and chill overnight. You could just chill a couple hours if you don’t want to wait overnight.
When you’re ready to mix up your tea, use two tablespoons of syrup per eight ounces of tea (though of course you can always make yours stronger if you’d like). So if you’re doing a pitcher, add up the ounces and calculate the number of tablespoons you will need. For instance, if you make a liter pitcher you would need eight tablespoons of syrup. You can always adjust the amount of syrup to your taste. Add ice if you would like, but remember that will dilute the flavor some.
- I tend to brew my black teas lightly which is why I only did a two minute steep, you can do longer and that will give you an even stronger tea taste, but you may want to increase the amount of syrup you use too
- You do not have to use ceylon tea, that is what happens to be my favorite black tea and I was playing off those flavor notes for the other ingredients
- Don’t use a bamboo spoon like I did, it will likely stain with the berry juice, even though I did manage to get mine clean again
- Be careful with the berry syrup, it will easily stain if you slop or spill (luckily my spill hit the red part of the rug and not the tan)
- Left over syrup is also great on pancakes and waffles!
The finished drink does turn out a nice purple color. The maple flavor did not come out overly strong so you could always add a bit more than I did when you make the syrup. This drink has a nice woody flavor from the tea and a rich fruity burst from the blackberries, with a little bit of interest in the background from the maple.
I hope you enjoyed this experiment and let me know if you plan to try it out for yourself. Do you like the idea of tea experiment recipes? I have several more ideas I plan to try out soon.
As always, thank you for reading and I hope you have a delightful day!