Raspberry Lemon Iced Tea

This summer, probably for the first time, I am missing the Indian Monsoon. The rain, the smell of sand after first rain, getting drenched and especially, eating crispy pakodas with hot masala tea by the window while watching raindrops wash away the heat. It hasn’t rained here for so many months now that I have even forgotten when it rained last. Some days, it gets cloudy in the morning but by the afternoon, it’s a clear cheerful sky.  I hate to complain because nothing makes me happier than waking up to a sunny summer morning however, a little shower now and then would have been nice.

So while I wait for the heat to cool down, I am trying my hands on every summer drink possible.

One of our favorites is Raspberry Lemon Iced Tea and we have been having them a lot these days. It’s has a perfect blend of sweet and tart with the hint of tea and the sexy red, which makes it more appealing. For a berry lover and tea lover, the combination worked much delightfully on my palate than I had expected. It’s easy to make, needs no complex ingredients or kitchen gears and above all, it’s refreshing. And when the temperature shoots up, that’s all that matters.

For all my friends who don’t like tea, you know what you can call this beverage by omitting the tea – raspberry lemonade! And for those boozy nights, pour some gin or vodka and give it a fancy name.

The best part about this drink is that it can be made in advance. All you need is some fresh lemon juice, tea and raspberry syrup. Frozen berries and bottled lemon juice would work too but there is nothing better than using fresh ingredients. So, start by picking some fresh, juicy good-looking raspberries, squeeze out all the juice from those lemons and brew some tea. Here is a very informative article on How to Brew Tea.

Raspberry Lemon Iced Tea

Raspberry Lemon Iced Tea

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

For the syrup

  • 2 cups fresh raspberries plus extra for garnish
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water

For the lemon iced tea

  • juice of 4 lemons
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced for garnish
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon tea leaf or 1 tea bag

Instructions

To make the syrup

  1. In a saucepan, mix all the ingredients and bring it to a boil.
  2. Once done, lower the heat and let it simmer until the berries are softened. This should take about 10 minutes.
  3. Let it cool and then strain the syrup to a jar using a sieve.

To make the lemon tea

  1. In a deep pan, bring 2 cups water to boil.
  2. Add tea to the pan, cover it and stop the heat. Let it brew for 5 minutes.
  3. Once done, strain it to the raspberry syrup jar using a sieve.
  4. Next, add lemon juice to the jar and give it a stir.
  5. Keep it the refrigerator and let it to cool down completely.
  6. While serving, drop some ice cubes in a glass, add a slice of lemon, two to three fresh raspberries and the raspberry iced tea.

Notes

  • Honey can be used instead of Sugar. You might need to add more or less honey/sugar depending on how tart the raspberries are and how you prefer them.
  • Frozen berries could be used instead of fresh berries. Also, you could use any other berry or fruit syrup as per your flavor choice.
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While the summer is still here and we still have access to garden-fresh berries, quickly grab some and relish every bit of it!

 

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  • Anamika
    August 20, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    wow, I wish we could get such fresh raspberries out here, loved this version…m going to substitute raspberries with some seasonal fruit…any suggestions? I normall make MINT LEMON ICED TEA at home!

  • Deepa
    August 20, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    getting fresh raspberries is a dream here 🙁 Good to know that you are able to enjoy fresh garden pick berries…bhishon sundor chobi gulo

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    August 20, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    What a beautiful drink for summer. Gorgeous photos!

  • Ira Rodrigues
    August 20, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Really refreshing drink. Hmm i must try your recipe but of course not with raspberry 🙁 hihi , definitely love the drink!

  • Arch
    August 20, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Hey, that pic with the clip holding the lemon slice is really cool 🙂 This sounds like a great chiller in summer

  • Mallika
    August 20, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Beautiful Kankana! Splendid looking Raspberry Lemon Iced Tea. Wish only if we could get some gorgeous looking red berries as yours here in India!

  • Tadka Pasta
    August 20, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Raspberries are one of things I miss! Can just imagine how flavorful and refreshing this drink would be. Just lovely!

  • sangeeta khanna
    August 20, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Lovely lovely pictures. And such fresh flavors together . Yum.

  • Rosa
    August 21, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    Refreshing and surely delicious! A perfect combination of flavors.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • Spandana
    August 21, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    Beautiful Color Kankana. The drink looks so very refreshing.
    Love the pics.

  • Vimitha
    August 21, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    Refreshing for the heat dear

  • indugetscooking
    August 21, 2012 at 3:13 AM

    The smell of the earth after the first rain must be one of the most seductive ones ever. Absolutely love it.

    The drink looks refreshing and what an attractive colour.

  • Keep Calm and Eat On
    August 21, 2012 at 3:45 AM

    I hope you get rain soon enough, for the sake of everything else as well. Saddens me how the global climate has become so drastic lately. And don’t forget your pakoras to celebrate when it pours!
    Very attractive colors. We pick raspberries whenever we can find them. They are so delicious right off the bush. Never thought of drinking them.

  • Sydney @ The Crepes
    August 21, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    Love this idea! It looks beautiful, too – I’m sure it was hard to photograph these and not drink it all up.

  • Riley
    August 21, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Your photos are beautiful, and I must try this iced tea soon! That color is so gorgeous!

  • Jennifer (Delicieux)
    August 21, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    This looks so refreshing Kankana. Perfect for a hot summers day. And those raspberries look amazing! I wouldn’t be able to resist eating them all.

    Stunning photos, as always. You really have a special talent.

  • Anna @ The Littlest
    August 21, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Looks lovely! Jyust discovered your blog and I am going to enjoy looking through your posts and beautiful photos!

  • mjskit
    August 21, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    I love tea, any type of tea and this one looks especially delicious! I’m sure it is doing the job of cooling down the heat and at least making you “feel” like the rains are coming. Gorgeous pics!

  • Monique
    August 21, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    I love your photos:) All of a sudden no surprise as I even pinned you before knowing you..

    You are a wonderful photographer.
    In other words..I knew you before I met you..and admired you~

  • Reem | Simply Reem
    August 21, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Stunning!!!!
    Honestly, I have spent more time drooling over the pics (again n again)…
    Kankana…. your photographs make me smile even when the madness of the day have taken away every little trace of it from me…
    Do I even make sense of what I am saying… Love your photography!!

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook
    August 21, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    I love that you wrote regular post after the tutorial post so that I get to see your food photography – it makes me think a bit reflecting your previous post. Anyway, what a delicious, refreshing, gorgeous drink! I know, it hasn’t rained for months! Well, it’s always cold (cool?) up here every evening and sometimes get fogs, so I never thought of having rain yet. Gosh when it rains it rains everyday! I heard Monsoon is beautiful and calming too, so I know you miss those things you grow up with. 🙂

  • swati
    August 22, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    lovely clicks.. littarally talks to you.this one’s on my lunch menu tomorrow. yummy and refreshing.

  • Asmita
    August 22, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    Wow,
    This drink looks so refreshing! Like always, your photography has blown me away. You are so talented and I love your presentation! Amazing!!!

  • Sangeetha
    August 22, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    wow…very refreshing drink for hot sunny days….gorgeous pics…loved your presentation too…Awesome!!

  • KiranTarun
    August 22, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Amazing photos and styling, Kankana! Makes me want to reach out and take a sip!

  • priya mahadevan
    August 22, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Pictures are phenomenal as are the posts – wanted to comment on all the ones on the home page – Ice creams, tomato tart, lemonade – geez – I’d like to be your neighbor in the summer 🙂 – it’s been a long time, Kankana, but always good to catch up with ya – xxxx priya

  • Steve @ the black pe
    August 22, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    These pics are absolutely stunning!!! The drink looks so refreshing.

  • rebecca
    August 22, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    lovely drink and can;t beat sipping tea and listening to the rain

  • nipponnin
    August 22, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    Glorious color! I just want to go out to get some raspberries right this minute. Well…too late for tonight but I must buy some tomorrow for sure. Thank you for sharing.

  • Vishakha
    August 23, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    You should come to Singapore.. you won’t miss the rains ;-))
    I love your photography and food styling. Your style is quite distinct and has you written all over. What really impresses me about your pictures is that you are able to use a number of props which are so well chosen and go with a theme, in the right place and the right angle to make the picture complete. Not too crowded and not too empty. Just right! I don;t mean to flatter you & sorry if I sound like I am, but you’re doing such a good job and it’s only a matter of time when you start doing this professionally. All the Best!

  • Sanjeeta kk
    August 23, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Such picture perfect click..can’t stop staring at the pictures from the time you posted the same on FB. Getting Raspberries here is a big question mark..the drink must have tasted really good.

  • Jessie
    August 23, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Gorgeous photos. Delicious recipe. Simply perfection!

  • Aunt Clara
    August 23, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    I get raspberries once in a blue moon down here. I guess I should be happy we have an insane number of tropical fruits instead. Next blue moon I will try this with my raspberries, if I can help not to eat them.

    Lovely pictures, love them.

  • Maureen
    August 23, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    GORGEOUS photos and I’m still smiling at that little clothespin holding the lemon slice. What a beautiful drink!

  • Lisa H.
    August 24, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    Love the bucket of raspberries shots… so so beautiful 😀

  • shema george
    August 24, 2012 at 6:06 AM

    Hey Kankana..thanks for stopping by my space and posting your comments…
    I have always love your site,pics and recipe…and this iced tea looks out of this world

  • Tes
    August 24, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    I wish I can get some fresh raspberry here in India! I just wanna shake this up right away 🙂

  • Divya
    August 24, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    Lovely food styling, Kankana! I love how you used the tall tumbler – it’s somewhat unusual, but it makes the tea really stand out. I want some tea now!

  • Tina (PinayInTexas)
    August 25, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Simply looking at your photos makes me feel so refreshed, Kankana! Lovely photos as always!

  • Richa
    August 25, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    sounds amazingly refreshing. now if only it stays hot here:) and all the work you put in the styling shows beautifully!

  • Sandra's Easy Cookin
    August 26, 2012 at 6:43 AM

    This is refreshing and so beautiful, Kankana! Such a vibrant colors and this tea must be really good! Perfect for summer!

  • foodwanderings
    August 26, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Super refreshing Miss Kankana. Let the summer linger a bit. Am not ready for Fall and Winter yet though the leaves here unruly foliage all over the driveway! 🙂

  • [email protected]
    August 26, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    So very pretty! Love the colors!!

  • Leanne @ HP
    August 27, 2012 at 6:00 AM

    I really enjoy rain too… but we’ve been having a lot of it, every couple of days which is weird because that’s not normally the case. I wish I could send you a bit of ours!

  • Soma
    August 28, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    berry berry beautiful.. like always! all the photographs are gorgeous, but i love how you styled the stacked lemon slices and berries.