How to make a Raspberry Pomegranate Iced Tea using fresh pomegranate juice and other wholesome ingredients to deliver a refreshing drink for a warm summer’s day. Fresh pomegranate juice is so much tastier than store-bought varieties, so I’ll be sharing a step-by-step guide for making pomegranate juice from scratch at home.
Around this time of year is when pomegranates come into season here in Australia. It is currently March, and I’ve been waiting in excitement for pomegranates to finally be available at my local organic farmers market.
I asked one of the local farmers a few weeks ago at the farmer’s market when pomegranates would be in season, and he replied, ‘Within the next few weeks, as they’re starting to appear in conventional supermarkets, which was a good sign.’ Conventional produce is often found first at the supermarkets before the markets (as more time and energy is required to grow organic produce). The farmer shared that, ‘When you start to see pomegranates stocked on your local supermarket shelf, it’s only a matter of weeks until you see it available at the local markets.’
At the time I was shopping for some fresh rosemary to make homemade rosemary water with to use on my hair, so I made a note in my diary to visit the markets every week after that until organic pomegranates became available.
I’ve been wanting to make this refreshing raspberry pomegranate iced tea all summer. It’s been a very warm year so far, with temperatures reaching in the mid 30’s (celsius). So, when the day finally arrived and pomegranates appeared at the markets, I raced home to make some cooling iced tea.
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How to Make Raspberry Pomegranate Iced Tea
I prefer to use green tea or peppermint tea in this recipe, as there is less caffeine in these two teas and they provide a delicious herbal flavour to the drink. However, you can use black tea for a more traditional iced tea recipe.
- 2 peppermint tea bags (can also use green tea or black tea // I prefer to use loose leaf tea leaves and reusable tea bags to brew the tea)
- 1 cup hot water
- 1 cup fresh raspberries
- 3 fresh pomegranates
- 1 cup ice cubes
- Begin by making the pomegranate juice. Using a sharp knife, remove the part of the pomegranate that looks like a crown. Angle the knife downward and carefully cut a circle around the crown.
- Score the pomegranate into four sections, then break open these pomegranate segments.
- Fill a large bowl with cool water, and break apart the pomegranate seeds underneath the water. This helps prevent pomegranate juice from spraying everywhere. Remove any rind that may have stuck to the seeds, then drain the water.
- Collect 1/2 cup of seeds and put them aside to garnish the iced tea with later. Pour the remaining seeds into a blender along with the raspberries and 1/4 cup of water, and then blend on high until all the seeds have been crushed and a liquid has formed (around 15 to 20 seconds).
- Pour the juice through a fine mesh strainer or nut milk bag (just note that the juice may stain the bag).
- In a pitcher, steep the tea bags in the hot water for 3 to 5 minutes, then remove the bags. The longer the tea steeps, the stronger the flavour.
- Allow the brewed tea to cool completely before placing it in the fridge to chill.
- Once chilled, combine the tea and pomegranate-raspberry juice in a large pitcher and mix well to combine.
- To serve, pour the tea into tall glasses over ice and garnish with the remaining pomegranate seeds.
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