Raspberry tea is always a good idea, but when it comes to making an ultimate raspberry treat, the more raspberries you add, the better. This icy cold, low calorie, delicious and simple Raspberry Frappe with black tea will take only 15 minutes to make – brewing time included.
What is a frappe?
Frappe is an icy cold drink typically made using instant coffee, water, sugar, milk and ice. Frappe is usually made with cold water, rather than hot. That's why instant coffee is great for making this drink.
Making a frappe with tea is not as straightforward unless you want to use either tea or latte powders. Instead of using instant tea, for this raspberry frappe, tea is brewed in a standard way instead. Raspberry Frappe is a great alternative to iced milk teas. It's super refreshing, and because lighter milk will work well too, it may contain only 50-100 calories per large glass, depending on which milk you are using.
Ingredients for making Raspberry Frappe with black tea
Rubus idaeus or simply – raspberries – are a perfect fruit for adding to your tea. They have a stronger flavour than strawberries, and enough sweetness and tartness to make tea both refreshing and sweet. They contain ellagitannins and anthocyanins, polyphenols that may provide many health benefits too. In fact, anthocyanins are red pigments, present not only in raspberries, but other red and purple fruits and vegetables, and even Camellia sinensis tea.
This raspberry frappe with black tea contains both real tea and real fruits, and is irresistibly delicious. You will want to sip this often. Plus, it's super easy to make.
Flavourful Raspberry Black Tea
Although you can use any strong and malty high-quality tea, rich and smooth Simple Raspberry Black tea is as made for this recipe. Smaller leaves will infuse into a stronger cup, so if you are using other black tea, choose those that are good for making a strong cup. You can use tea bags too, but choose those that taste good without condiments.
Freeze-dried fruits are great for making desserts and drinks. One small package will last a long time, and you only need a teaspoon for an intense flavour. You can find them online and many supermarkets sell them too. They are great for adding flavour to cookies, smoothies, cakes and hot chocolate. This recipe uses freeze dried raspberry pieces, rather than whole raspberries.
Choose fresh and ripe raspberries rather than frozen ones. Fresh raspberries have a less concentrated flavour than freeze-dried raspberries but give a nice touch of fresh fruitiness to this frappe.
We used regular milk, but feel free to use a dairy alternative with a less intense flavour. If you like your drinks sweet, a sweetened plant-based milk will be great too. Depending on the type of milk, you can adjust the water-milk ratio. Thinner milks work great in this recipe, so experiment until you find your perfect substitute.
Don't have raspberries? You can replace raspberries with fresh and free-dried strawberries and strawberry flavoured black tea, or blueberries.
Raspberry Frappe with Black Tea
- Glass for serving
- Tea filter, strainer or a teapot
- handful of raspberries
- 2 heaped tsp of black tea (this recipe is made with Simple Raspberry Black tea)
- 1 leveled tsp of freeze-dried raspberries
- 1/3 cup of semi-skimmed or full fat milk
- 2/3 cup of water
- 1 cup of ice
- 1 tsp of honey (or more if needed)
- whipped cream for serving (optional)
- Bring water to a boil and let it cool down for a 30 seconds.
- Steep tea leaves in 1/3 cup of freshly boiled water for 10 minutes. You want to get areally strong infusion. It's important to use high-quality tea, so it doesn't get overly bitter and undrinkable. You want to still taste the tea.
- Add 2/3 cup of ice, washed fresh raspberries, freeze-dried raspberries 1/3 cup ofc old milk and honey (optional) into a blender.
- Blend for 30-60 seconds until all ice is crushed and pour into a large glass with the rest of the ice.
- Serve with a straw.