Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Tidbits of joy: Raspberry Iced Tea

Last spring I was all about using up the sugarless Seedless Raspberry Jam disaster that never quite jelled - we used it in Raspberry Lemonade and I slipped some into my unsweetened fresh brewed iced tea. We tried it on pancakes, on waffles and over ice cream. I even whipped some into real whipping cream and served it over chocolate pound cake ! Mmmmm! It did not go to waste, but some of it found it's way to my waist to be sure!

This spring, when we have enjoyed the occasional warm day, I have been missing my little taste of raspberries. I saw the bottles of Raspberry Syrup in the coffee section at Kroger, and spied the Starbuck's Raspberry Syrup in the little kiosk, but I had issues with both - price and content. The price - $9-18 for a bottle of syrup! Eeks! The ingredient list was way too long, contained multiple sources of sugar, dye and preservatives. A migraine in the making for me!
So here is my simple solution - after a bit of trial and error.

Raspberry Syrup

1/2 cup water
2 cups organic cane sugar
16 oz frozen red raspberries - ours were organic

Combine all in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Bring to a slow boil over medium heat stirring occasionally. Boil until reduced by half - about 20 minutes (on a humid day). Strain syrup through a cheesecloth lined or very fine sieve - squeeze out any juice you can. Cool. Store in a covered glass jar for about a week in fridge or freeze in an ice cube tray. Bag cubes after they are frozen and it should keep for a month or more. Add a cube to a glass of fresh brewed iced tea or a few cubes to the whole pitcher of tea, your choice! Add a splash to hot tea, cold tea, lemonade or whatever your imagination comes up with! Enjoy!

My cost: $3 for 1 1/2 cups of syrup. We picked and froze the berries at $2.79 per pound and buy organic sugar in the bulk, so your cost might be higher, but still won't approach $8, I'm sure!

My Historian thinks this is a wonderful treat, and so do I! Now that I have shared it with him though, I might have to make a batch and hide it in the back of the fridge, where no one else will spy it!

I would have liked to try this recipe with frozen concentrated white grape or apple juice, but both it and the raspberries to are too expensive to waste, and I wasn't able to find a recipe. If you have a good syrup recipe and would like to share it, I would love to hear from you!

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  1. Oh, that looks so refreshing! Raspberry is my favorite fruit, so thank you for the yummy recipe!

  2. Your raspberry syrup sounds really good! Thanks for the tip on storing felted sweaters -- they were only hanging there for the picture. I can't leave them up as they were hanging over my sewing space. I think putting them in a plastic comforter cover will be just the trick!

  3. This sounds wonderful - thank you for the recipe! I can't wait to try it out!

  4. It just occurred to me today that a can of frozen concentrated apple raspberry juice (Old Orchard) might do the trick too! I'll let you know when we give it a go!


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