Sparkling Wild Berry Tea

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With the heat of summer bearing upon us here in the south, it is an absolute necessity to have cool drinks on hand at all time. I enjoy tea and lemonade the most in the summer, and I have been enjoying combining these drinks with special ingredients, such as fruit purees. For the sake of inspiration, I recently purchased a box of tea from the Celestial Seasonings range that was a sampler of their fruity herbal teas. One of the teas was called Wild Berry Zinger, and I new I wanted to combine it with a berry puree. I often buy frozen fruit, and one of my favorites is a bag of mixed berries, so that's what I chose to combine with the tea. This tea was sweetened with honey, however agave nectar is a good vegan option. To make this tea extra special, I added sparkling water.

Sparkling Wild Berry Tea
Printable Recipe

4 berry-flavored tea bags (I used Celestial Seasonings Wild Berry Zinger)
4 cups boiling water
1 cup mixed berries, fresh or thawed frozen berries
1/2 cup honey or agave nectar
2 cups cold water
2 cups chilled sparkling water
ice, for serving

1. Combine the tea bags with the boiling water and allow to steep until the tea is dark in color, about 10-15 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, combine the berries and honey or agave nectar in a blender and puree. If necessary, add some of the cold water in order to get the blender blade going.
3. Add the tea, berry mixture, and cold water to a pitcher that is at least 2 qts in volume. Allow the tea to sit in the refrigerator until thoroughly chilled.
4. Serve the cold tea in glasses filled with ice. Top each glass of tea with sparkling water.

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