Blackberry Lime Green Tea
Two drinks in a row…I know. Not the most creative or versatile I guess but they’ve just been on my mind lately. I made the frozen coffee cooler and this AMAZING cherry peach sangria (recipe to come soon) but this Blackberry Lime Green Tea is non-alcoholic so it’s appropriate for any age group and time of day. And it was SO very good. It’s probably the only way I can get a few of my family members to drink green tea and not even know it!
It also gave me the perfect way to use my finger limes. I am a finger lime lover. Well, I’m a lime lover in general so it makes total sense that I would fall for these little guys. Back sometime last year I ran across some online and decided to order them and try them out. They’re little limes that are like a small finger. When you slice down the middle these tiny pearls pop out. Some people call it finger lime caviar. When you eat them they just burst in your mouth.
The first time I had some I made a Finger Lime Mojito Trifle. YUM! Then recently Jessica from Shanley Farms found my recipe and contacted me. She wanted to share some finger limes so I could post a recipe! WHAAAATTT?? I jumped at the idea. Shanley Farms is a grower and shipper of Finger Limes, Morro Bay Avocados and Sierra Sweet Kiwi’s here in the U.S. If you haven’t had finger limes before, check them out. They’re so much fun! I can’t wait for the Avocado’s and Kiwi’s to come in to season! 😀
The health benefits of green tea are wonderful. I know I probably eliminated a lot of them with the sugar I added but I’m a sugar addict and just can’t help it.
I use blackberries a good bit in the summer. I can walk right out my front door and pick until my heart is content or my fingers are bleeding, whichever comes first. Last summer I made Blackberry Peach Colada Popsicles and this Shiny Top Blackberry Cobbler. I’m sure I’ll come up with something else soon.
This time I took a bunch of blackberries and doused them in sugar and smashed them up. Then I grabbed my immersion blender and mixed them up a little more and added a pinch of baking soda. I brewed 8 green tea bags in 4 cups of water. I poured the green tea over the blackberry mixture and let it sit for about an hour. I strained it to remove the seeds, added some fresh lime juice and a little bit of water.
Here’s where it gets fun! (Keep in mind I LOVE SUGAR. If you like less sweet things cut the sugar in the recipe down some.) I rolled the left over blackberries (a few per glass) in sugar first and then in the finger lime pearls before skewering them. I could have just eaten the blackberries and been completely happy. The tartness of the finger lime pearls with the sugar was so good! I also dumped the remaining finger lime pearls into the glasses of prepared Blackberry Lime Green Tea. They gave it a nice little punch. I’ll definitely do it again the next time I get my hands on some more finger limes. Hint! Hint! 😀
Have you ever had finger limes? If so, what’s your favorite way serve them? If not, try this recipe. It’s so different and really a lot of fun. 🙂
- 3 1/2 cups fresh blackberries plus more for garnish
- 1 3/4 cup sugar plus 3 tablespoons
- Pinch of baking soda
- 4 cups boiling water
- 8 green tea bags
- 1 cup cold water
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 5-7 finger limes, pearls removed
- Place washed blackberries in a large bowl and top with 1 3/4 cups sugar.
- Smash blackberries completely and/or blend with an immersion blender.
- Add a pinch of baking soda and stir. Set aside.
- Bring 4 cups water to a boil and remove from heat.
- Place green tea bags in a pitcher and pour hot water over them to steep for 4 minutes. Remove tea bags and discard.
- Pour brewed tea over blackberry mixture and stir. Let sit for 1 hour.
- Add lime juice.
- Strain through a fine sieve and discard seeds.
- Pour blackberry tea back in pitcher for serving.
- For garnish: Roll blackberries in 3 tablespoons of sugar and finger lime pearls. Add remaining pearls to blackberry tea.
- Serve over ice with skewered, sweetened blackberries.