Combine blackberries and sugar in large container. Crush blackberries with wooden spoon. Add mint and baking soda. Set aside.
Pour 4 cups boiling water over tea bags; cover and let stand 3 minutes. Discard tea bags.
Pour tea over blackberry mixture; let stand at room temperature 1 hour. Pour tea through a wire-mesh strainer into a large pitcher, discarding solids. Add 2 1/2 cups cold water, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Garnish, if desired.
For the garnish, cut desired amount of wooden skewers into 5-inch lengths; then place fresh blackberries on skewers.
Very, very tasty, and not very teay. Used the leftover fruit to make the Lemon-Blueberry Pops also on this site (which became Lemon-Blackberry Pops I guess) to not waste the delicious fruit. Highly recommended!
Wow! This tea is really tasty. Just like eating fresh blackberries. I altered the recipe: put in 3/4 c sugar and omitted mint and baking soda. Saved the strained chunks to be used in a healthy fruit smoothie for later tonight. You just can't replace healthy eating, or rather drinking. I will make this many times for my family when blackberries are low in price and in season. Well worth the small preparation effort.
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