Black Cherry Iced Tea


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The flavor of black cherries and anise make this a refreshing summer drink!

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Time needed

5 min preparation + 25 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

4 servings


  • 2 qt. water
  • 1 lb. fresh black cherries, rinsed and pitted
  • 1 1/4 C. sugar
  • 1/4 C. lemon juice
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 5 bags black tea
  • 2 C. water
  • 1 Tbs. fresh mint, for garnish

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Bring water to boil in a medium-sized pot. Add cherries, sugar, lemon juice and star anise. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until the cherries are almost falling apart. Turn off heat, mix in black tea, and let stand for 1 hour to cool.

Strain liquid through a fine mesh sieve, mashing the cherries with a wooden spoon to extract more liquid. Discard solids.  Transfer liquid to a pitcher and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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