Cool down with Ginger Lemon Blackberry Tea! This Whole30-compliant iced tea makes the perfect sipper for the warm months ahead. Makes 8 servings.
The photos and recipe for this Lemon Ginger Blackberry Tea were originally published on May 18, 2017. The text of this blog post was updated on July 27, 2020.
While I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting back to my roots of all the water during this Whole30, I’ve missed fun drinks.
Even though it appears that I’m a bit boozy IRL based on the cocktails I share here, I can assure you I’m not.
In fact, dropping alcohol for the Whole30 was actually the easiest thing to kick. (Heck, I was able to do that for nearly a year during pregnancy and the first few months of Lady A’s life, and I was able to do it pretty easily, too.)
But sometimes, a girl wants a refreshing drink that isn’t a big glass ‘o water.
So today, I made us a Whole30-compliant iced tea that can be out go-to for summertime picnics, barbecues and patriotic festivities.
Specifically those patriotic festivities. Because whether or not you’re on the Whole30, we all deserve to have a delicious blackberry tea drink in hand this summer.
More Whole30 recipes for the summertime: Whole30 Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Plates / Whole30 Taco Zucchini Boats / Galia Melon Jamón Skewers / Whole30 Bacon Apple Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette / Whole30 Steak Salad with Orange Vinaigrette
In search of more non-alcoholic drinks, check out my Mocktails and Nonalcoholic Drinks category.
What do I need to make Blackberry Tea?
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- Whole30-compliant lemon ginger tea. (Should you be on the Whole30 and want to make this drink! If you’re not doing a Whole30, any lemon ginger tea will do.)
- Metal muddler.
- Fine Mesh Strainer.
- Drinking jar with handle.
- Acrylic Pitcher.
How do I make this Blackberry Tea
In a heavy bottomed saucepan, heat the water over high heat. When the water comes to a boil, remove it from the heat, and add the blackberries, lemon and the tea bags.
While the water is still hot, muddle the blackberries.
Let the ingredients steep for an hour.
Using a fine mesh strainer, strain the tea into a pitcher, then refrigerate, and serve cool.
Erin’s Easy Entertaining Tips
This blackberry tea is the perfect kind of drink to keep in your refrigerator all summer long because it’s incredibly refreshing. It’s also brilliant to keep on hand in case anyone stops by to say hello.
In case you happen to be hosting guests and want to serve this naturally sweetened fruit tea, here are some other ideas:
- Make your tea in advance. During the summertime, nobody wants a glass of hot tea… even if you add ice. Make this tea the day in advance, and let it chill overnight for maximum crispness.
- No fresh berries? You could absolutely use frozen berries instead of the fresh ones listed in the recipe box below.
- Not on a Whole30 and want to turn this mocktail into a cocktail? Serve the drink as is for the folks who are doing a Whole30 or don’t drink. If you want to spike this, feel free! I think it would be particularly refreshing with vodka, rum or even tequila.
Frequently Asked Questions
So this is a boring unsweetened tea?
I’d like think it’s more than just an unsweetened tea. The blackberries are offering a lovely sweetness in this drink, and it packs all kinds of flavor, thanks to fresh blackberries and lemon slices.
The best news is it goes down so easily and is super refreshing.
And I don’t know about y’all, but I plan to have a pitcher of this goodness in my fridge all summer long.
Can I use a frozen blackberries instead of fresh ones?
If you can’t get your hands on fresh blackberries, absolutely! Just let the berries steep for longer so you can muddle them well—they’ll be impossible to muddle if still partially frozen.
Could I use another type of berry or a berry mixture?
Absolutely! Use whatever berries you have on hand, and enjoy!
What are some other delicious summer drinks I can serve at a gathering?
- Strawberry Honeysuckle Sparkler
- Cheerwine Bourbon Slushies
- Blackberry Ginger White Wine Slush
- Patriotic Berry Spritzer
- Peach Moscow Mule
Now who’s ready for a glass?
Scroll on down to learn how to make this refreshing iced Whole30 tea.
Cool down with Blackberry Ginger Lemon Whole30 Tea! This Whole30-compliant iced tea makes the perfect sipper for the warm months ahead. This tea's brightness comes from the fresh muddled blackberries and lemon added to the tea during an hour-long steep. Strain, chill, then serve ice cold. Perfect for summertime holidays, picnics, potlucks, barbecues and more, Blackberry Ginger Lemon Whole30 Tea is sure to become a favorite summertime drink!
- 8 cups water
- 6 oz. blackberries
- ½ large lemon, cut into wedges
- 2 Whole30-compliant lemon ginger tea bags
- In a heavy bottomed saucepan, heat the water over high heat.
- When the water comes to a boil, remove from the heat, and add the blackberries, lemon and the tea bags.
- Muddle the blackberries.
- Let the ingredients steep for an hour.
- Using a fine mesh strainer, strain the tea into a pitcher.
- Refrigerate, and serve cool.
Be sure to check your tea bags and their ingredients to ensure you are using a Whole30-compliant one. We couldn't drink my first batch of this because my lemon ginger tea had soy in it.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 17Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 11mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.