Friday, June 10, 2011
Wild Berry Iced Tea
So ... I just came from Wendy's curious to try their new Wild Berry Tea. I watched the employee dispense the tea and squirt some thick berry-colored syrup into the cup and stir with a long iced tea spoon. The taste is predictably sweet, but I don't care much for the seeds in it.
So, I thought, how can I make that tea at home -- without the seeds and maybe a little less sweet...
2 TBSP Pu Erh tea
1 Gallon of Spring Water
6 oz., or so (to taste) Northland Raspberry Pomegranate Goji Juice (or any raspberry blend juice that pleases you -- this is about equivalent to one juice box.)
Yes, this recipe is a little light on the tea, but really so is the Wendy's version I think ...
1. Heat one cups of water to 175°F. (Steam should be slow and lazy. Do not allow water to boil. Steep tea in the water (alone, in a tea bag, or in a tea ball or other infuser) for 3 minutes 30 seconds. Remove tea from water (strain if necessary)
2. Place the remaining water in a gallon pitcher. Add the tea concentrate from step one and the juice. Stir.
3. Serve over ice.
Wendy's Wild Berry Tea (Medium 17oz size) has 100 calories, 15mg sodium, 14g sugar.
Wendy's ingredient list: Water, Tea, Wild Berry Puree (blackberries, sugar, corn syrup, strawberries, water, raspberry, natural flavoring, potassium sorbate, xanthan gum).
SensibiliTeas version (17 oz.) has 13 calories, 2mg sodium and 2.5 g of sugar.
SensibiliTeas ingredient list: water, tea, juice (apple, pomegranate, goji, raspberry, grape and pear juice, natural flavors, vegetable color, citric acid, fruit extracts, vitamin c, vitamin A and vitamin E.)